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Ellen Montgomery

While researching the demolition procedure we have been watching the permits as the applications come in. This one application brought back a lot of recent Post Katrina memories.

Ellen Montgomerys House

I passed by and took this photo.

6220 Camp St

Ellen Montgomery became a local legend when she stayed after the storm and continued to care for her cats and paint. Chris Rose wrote this article about her.

Then her unfortunate demise.

Ellen Montgomery

Here she is after the storm in her unflooded home.

Ellen Montgomery

TP photo by John McCusker

While we wait for the cranes in the sky there seem to be no lack of bulldozers on the ground.

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Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led to guilty pleas in federal court. Her work attracted some of journalism's highest honors, 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.

  • Abby

    Well, according to the assessor’s website, a Patrick G. Brewster of Lafayette, LA bought the house for $230,000 in November 2007. Quite a bit of money for something you’re just going to tear down.

  • Brad S

    I am from Colorado, and I’d hate to think that the city of New Orleans is sending messages to owners out there to get their perfectly good homes destroyed, on MY dime.

    And if Patrick Brewster bought this, I hope whatever he puts in place of this gets sold at fire sale prices. Would serve him right.

  • This house is not requesting a FEMA funded demolition. It is a private demo.

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  • Mary M

    Let’s set the record straight once and for all since I am a family member. The family sold the house and the current owner was going to fix it up, but unfortunately, the house was not savalagable due to the lack of up keep for over 20 years.