A sad time for American Architecture Too





We are just beginning to appreciate the human disaster occurring in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast. It also faces the loss of some of America's most notable historical architecture. Maybe not in the French Quarter, which may emerge relatively intact, or the Garden District, which was spared most of the flooding. The dangers lie in neighborhoods like Treme and Mid-City, which extend along Bayou Road toward Lake Pontchartrain and are rich in 18th and 19th century homes, shops, churches and social halls. They have been badly hit by the violent winds or torrents of water. And so have hundreds of other important buildings and vernacular structures throughout the city and across the breadth of South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.


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