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1722 Cleveland St. {4th Ward} HCDRC 12/4

Housing Conservation District Review Committee Meeting Agenda
December 4th, 2006
10 a.m. Room 7E07
City Hall

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The owner sent a representative by the name of Lisa Clark to request demolition of this 1880’s Eastlake (high style Victorian) shotgun which is in fair shape, squatters are living in it. It’s got great exterior detail, like shutters and the terra cotta crown on the roof. Interiors include fireplaces and mantles intact. The side gallery is great. This property could be renovated.

The owner, Henry Herdman, is well known in the Tulane/Gravier neighborhood because he owns many neglected properties and vacant lots. This house has some solid architectural features that should have been nurtured. I have seen this one man destroy a neighborhood’s architectural fabric just because he has refused to sell and the city lacks the teeth to take his neglected properties away. My post on Metroblogging New Orleans tells the story of my very first site visit for SH. At One With Weird

Here is the list of properties this man owns, according to the assessor’s database. Often these folks have more blighted property, hiding some of them under the names of family members. We need some property law enforcement in New Orleans.

118-SPRIEURST HERDMAN HENRY 118 PRIEUR ST S
128-SPRIEURST HERDMAN HENRY 128 PRIEUR ST S
1722-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1722 CLEVELAND AV
1726-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1726 CLEVELAND AV
1728-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1728 CLEVELAND AV
1800-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1800 CLEVELAND AV
1804-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1804 CLEVELAND AV
1805-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1805 CLEVELAND AV
1809-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1809 CLEVELAND AV
1814-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1814 CLEVELAND AV
1818-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1818 CLEVELAND AV
1826-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1826 CLEVELAND AV
1828-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1828 CLEVELAND AV
1832-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1832 CLEVELAND AV
1909-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1909 CLEVELAND AV
1917-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1917 CLEVELAND AV
1918-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1918 CLEVELAND AV
1922-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1922 CLEVELAND AV
1927-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 1927 CLEVELAND AV
2100-CLEVELANDAV HERDMAN HENRY 2100 CLEVELAND AV
213-SJOHNSONST HERDMAN HENRY 213 JOHNSON ST S
216-SDERBIGNYST HERDMAN HENRY 216 DERBIGNY ST S
217-SROMANST HERDMAN HENRY 217 ROMAN ST S
221-SCLAIBORNEAV HERDMAN HENRY 221 CLAIBORNE AV S
221-SROMANST HERDMAN HENRY 221 ROMAN ST S

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  • randall fox

    ok willie this is also what i think is a classic new orleans house tell me if you agree or not

  • amy x

    By chance, I have met Henry Herdman, at the City Hall finance room, paying property tax bills no less. We chatted and I let him buy me lunch and tell me his story. He’s an eccentric, very nice, if somewhat paranoid man. After that he’d call and invite me to go with him to see James Rivers at Harrah’s, and now I wish I had, just for the experience. I guess he interited the properties? At the time, pre-K, he wanted help getting his affairs in order but was worried about a girlfriend stealing from him? it was kinda kooky. I don’t think he’s malicious, just kinda lost. I wonder what ever happened to him?

  • Henry died not long ago, and his girlfriend is trying to havt eh buildings demolished.

  • jolly

    Its amazing how the hospital was going to buy those properties, and destroy those buildings anyways, its just that you didnt know about it. You sound very familiar, as that woman, that was in a restaurant kissing up on Mr. Henry Herdman. What were your intentions, are you not in medical, that had a rental business as well. You are jeolous because you wanted manager those property and couldnt get the girl gone. Cause you know their is no commonlaw in the state of Louisiana. that girls was with Henry 9yrs and also the guy he had cutting the grass for 12yrs.

  • jolly

    Henry herdman was not in real estate business, he was in the parking business. He was a gambling addict, that stole from homeless men. He gave homeless men to live in those rat pack homes. He abuse people he knew. Ask the guy that cut the grass, the lawyer on the corner property that dead knew him too. He inherited the properties from his father, father. I want call the name of the lawyer in the 1800, that was honest help alot of jews invest and henry’s father was one of them, the lawyer was the executor of that estate. They should thank that lawyer for the inheritance, that Henry gamble and party away. PLEASE LEAVE PEOPLE BUSINESS ALONE.

  • jolly

    The same Lisa Clarke you talking ill about, has contributed to New Orleans, she was one of the persons, that helped to drain the water from New Orleans, La and because of this she held hands with President George W. Bush.

  • jolly

    All those homes were damaged due to Katrina. Some of these homes, homeowners never came back to after the hurricane. Drug users and the homeless took over. A year later most of those homes were burned to ground by the homeless squatters. Thats a very, very bad neighborhood. Why you think the Mental Hospital has aqcuired these properties so easily.

  • Magoo

    Does anyone know how I can contact Lisa Clarke. I met her one year after Katrina and she was trying to locate Henry’s family regarding his properties. Last I heard was that a relative was found and took control of all the properties.

  • Below is the correct link to the original article I did on this property. It seems to have been moved by the Metblogs folks.

    I am so glad to see our archives from SH being published someplace fresh where people can see the historical thread of our long battle for conservation in New Orleans post-Katrina. Thanks Karen and The Lens! I can’t update actual link but it was the first I visited for Karen and one of the best stories I did for Squandered Heritage.

    Keep up the good work.

    http://neworleans.metblogs.com/2006/10/21/at-one-with-weird/