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Jesuit: Bringing Down the House{es}

In late 2006 Jesuit applied to demolish 3 houses on S Solomon and Banks. I wrote about those demolitions at the time. link

4148 Banks St

And this one which they used as an office.

Banks Street

Eventually they were granted permission to demolish these homes but were told they needed to present a plan to create a parking lot and could not just throw down some gravel and park there.

Here we are 3 years later and this is the parking lot.


So it comes as no surprise that they are applying to demolish 3 more properties in the same block.




So carry on Jesuit…

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  • Kelly B

    Jesuit is not the only school doing this. Brother Martin has purchased several homes along Mandeville St. in the Gentilly Terrace neighborhood. So far, they have torn one down–claiming it was too expensive to repair. No surprise–the houses back up to one of their parking lots. They are about to begin building a chapel in the back of the school. As it gets closer to completion, I am certain that other houses will begin to fall.

  • Matt

    The following properties behind Brother Martin are owned by the “Elysian Fields Property Corporation,’ which has the same address as Brother Martin:

    4400 Mandeville
    4444 Mandeville
    4448 Mandeville
    4456 Mandeville

    4448 Mandeville got a demo permit on October 1, 2008, after being sold to Brother Martin on August 28, 2008.

    4400 Mandeville got a demo permit on May 19, 2005 after being sold to Brother Martin on February 15, 2005.

  • Amanda

    Unsurprising, since they wrecked their own building with outstandingly cheap-looking replacement windows.

  • Amanda

    Those windows leave me breathless. It is a classic case of “new” is better.

    Stuart Hall in Carrollton which has done it’s fair share of demolishing has, at the very least maintained some level of visual respect for the neighborhood. Jesuit is a hot mess.