Preservation Battles

The Preservation of St. Louis Cemeteries Nos. 1 and 2

The 1970s preservation efforts at St. Louis Cemeteries Nos. 1 and 2 initiated the stabilization and rehabilitation of historic cemeteries around New Orleans.

Preservationists Campaign to Save the World Trade Center

The “Save WTC NOLA” campaign pushed for redevelopment rather than demolition of this unique mid-century-modern building in downtown New Orleans.

The Orpheum Theatre Avoids Demolition

Once flooded, abandoned, and threatened with demolition, the historic Orpheum Theatre has been resurrected amidst a downtown theater renaissance. 

Fort Proctor Is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Fort Proctor is a partially constructed nineteenth-century fortification that has suffered from more than a century of environment-related damage.

Fort Pike Is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Historic Fort Pike has sustained significant hurricane damage and continues to be vulnerable to future natural disasters and neglect.  

Temple Sinai Is Demolished

Temple Sinai was demolished in 1977 and replaced with a parking lot despite public outcry and the Historic District Landmarks Commission’s efforts to protect it.

Louisiana Landmarks Society Saves the Pitot House from Demolition

Thanks to the efforts of the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Pitot House on Bayou St. John stands as one of the city’s few surviving examples of a Creole colonial plantation-style house.

Construction of the Elevated I-10 Claiborne Avenue Expressway Begins

The elevated I-10 Claiborne Avenue Expressway severed the historic African-American Tremé neighborhood in the late 1960s and continues to spark controversy today.

North Rampart Street Is Removed from Vieux Carré Commission Jurisdiction

Scores of historic buildings were demolished after a 1946 city ordinance removed North Rampart Street from the protection of the Vieux Carré Commission.

The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association (FMIA) Is Established

The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association (FMIA) has promoted and protected the historic neighborhood since 1972.


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