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Mr. Gettridge

Last month Mr. Gettridge came to the NCDC meeting to hear the fate of Sister Gertrude Morgan’s House Mr. Gettridge had purchased her home after she passed away many years ago.

Sister Gertrude's House

The house had floated off it’s piers after the levees broke. And Mr. Gettridge wanted to save some of the roof tiles before it was demolished. Unfortunately because of a communications error he was told he would have time to save them and that the house would be demolished at a later date. This was not to be.

One has to marvel at Mr. Gettridge and not because of his age, but because of the skill, talent and dedication he has and which he shares with all of New Orleans.

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Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.

  • Coming in January. Looking forward to that. That doorway he did was unbelievable. Do you know where that is? Also, what *was* the fate of Sister Gertrude’s house? Is it gone? It almost goes without saying by now (do you ever get tired of hearing it?), but thank you so much for teaching the rest of us about all this, for fighting for it.

  • I think this is the doorway


    Sister Gertrude’s house is gone now.

  • Not that one, although that’s beautiful too. I looked at a gutted house on that street (the flickr pic on Catina) a while back with a friend. They ended up buying something else nearby. No, in the last video promo for the Frontline piece, there is featured a commission doorway that he did. It looks like it might be Uptown although it could just as easily be in the Bywater or Marigny. It’s this asymmetrical wood/stained glass/plaster abstract angel wing sort of amazing architectural art. Gorgeous. Wow.

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