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About Karen Gadbois

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.

  • Ummm…the openings are shrinking…

  • William

    I want to cry everytime I see something like this, and I see it everywhere these days. From Uptown and Midcity to the Bywater, we are becoming a city of deformed historic houses. It seems no neighborhood is immune.

  • mike

    While I understand the frustration, not everyone can afford $400 doors or a $300 pair of shutters from The Bank. It’s matter of economics, not a choice most of the time.

    Good luck find a pair of matching Cyprus doors at the Green Project or PRC.

    I’m renovating a house that had a lot of historical treasures taken out of it and it is taking a long time and a ton of money to renovate it.

  • Mike I understand your point, but too many folks are taking out these elements and throwing them out.

    This particular house had all it’s elements intact.

  • Z.

    Touro… shouldnt this be governed by historic district regulations?

  • I think it falls just outside the boundaries.

  • William

    Exactly Karen. I’ve approached home owners in my neighborhood who are tearing the original windows and doors out of their historic homes, and have asked them why they are replacing solid cypress widows and doors with vinyl ones. They reply that the widows and doors on their homes are old and that new doors and windows are better. They have money to renovate, and to them, newer means better.

  • Ghegor Solis

    If you do not like it, then start an effort to make it a local historic district. Stop trying to hold non-historic district properties to the standards of a historic district. It is not fair to the folks whom bought based on the existing rules.

  • Ghegor Good advice. Thanks

  • Eloise


    Didn’t you try and tear a building down and were denied? Is this sour grapes?

  • Jennifer Farwell

    People need better incentives to retain original materials. The entire system, from FEMA to the federal tax credits, is stacked against historic preservation, old houses, and the owner who cares.

  • How could anyone in their right mind think that newer materials – I don’t care what they’re made from – are better than cypress? Those “newer” materials will need replacing in a decade (or less) and good, old cypress – or any number of older building materials made to stand the test of time – would still be viable!