Extreme caution: Handle with care—the billboard that is

In April, as city officials debated whether to allow its demolition, the shotgun beneath the billboard still bore some resemblance to a house. photo: Preservation Resource Center

In the words of Ryan Berni, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s director of communications, the city using “extreme caution” as it attempts the demolition of the Ninth Ward shotgun pictured above.

Curtain is rung down on TV mansion; other structures also approved for demolition

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens staff writer |

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.