With its tangled title, backed-up taxes, and an ambience that hovers somewhere between junkyard and barnyard, it’s no showplace. But for Lane Hughes, the waterless wreck of a house has been all that stands between him and the streets or a shelter.
The Greek Revival mansion appeared in the final episode of “K-ville,” the (mercifully) short-lived post-Katrina television series, but the final curtain was rung down just yesterday when the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee voted 7-to-1 to demolish the rundown house at FEMA’s expense. Earlier efforts to secure protective designation for the Central City mansion and several comparably interesting structures had been rejected by the Historic District Landmarks Commission after community members opposed their preservation.
Well-heeled Uptowners turned out for Monday’s meeting of the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, to speak both for and against a plan by liquor tycoon Jeffery Goldring to demolish a 1928 Emile Weil-designed triplex on St. Charles Avenue and replace it with a mausoleum-sized single-family residence.
Ignoring a committee’s request for more information about redevelopment plans, the Landrieu administration on Monday bulldozed the Gert Town Pool. The pool, housed within a distinctive geodesic dome, was owned and, until Katrina, operated by the city on property owned by Xavier University.