GROUPS TO CALL FOR SAVING McDonogh No. 11 School BY INCORPORATING IT INTO UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER DESIGN
What: Press Conference
When: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: McDonogh No. 11 School (former Priestley Charter) at the corner of Palmyra Street and S. Prieur Street in the UMC Hospital Footprint, Lower Mid-City, New Orleans
Organizations: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Committee to Reopen Charity Hospital, Louisiana Landmarks Society, and allies.
A number of speakers will present the case for avoiding demolition of the beautiful, historic school building built in 1879 after a fire that killed two firefighters in the line of duty. Students of the former Priestley Charter School were forced out of the school building over the holidays in the middle of the school year. Incorporating the building into the proposed hospital complex is possible as HUD has expressed concerns over the current design due to financing uncertainties.
Additional parties will be present for media interviews following the main press conference. A full press release will be available at the press conference.