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In late July, the owner of two historic homes on Cromwell Place withdrew a request to demolish the buildings after an outpouring of response from local residents asking city officials to save the houses. Because city inspectors had determined that the houses are in good or very good condition, the Preservation Resource Center warned their loss would set a negative precedent.

The properties at 2 Cromwell Place and 4-6 Cromwell Place — a single-family Queen Anne-style home and a two-unit Spanish Revival-style building — have stood together for more than a century. The New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission unanimously voted earlier this summer to deny the demolitions, but the buildings’ owner appealed to the City Council. The houses are located in the Uptown Local Historic District, which was one of four created in 2017 specifically to regulate the demolition of historic buildings. (The HDLC does not regulate new construction in these areas).

The PRC thanks everyone who called their City Council representatives and spoke up in support of the city’s historic preservation laws. Public support is a powerful tool for preserving the historic architecture and neighborhoods of the city.