Friday, February 12, 2010

Degrees of Endangerment

TOP: The former Whitney National Bank Building (1964-66), designed by the New Orleans firm Parham & Labouisse (1962-71), is slated for demolition. Portions of the exterior have been removed in the last week, as current owner Family Dollar plans to build a new store on the $1.32 million site.

BOTTOM: The Phillis Wheatley Elementary School (1954) designed by Charles Colbert (1921-2007) after his stint as Supervising Architect and Director of the Office of Planning and Construction for the Orleans Parish School Board. Recently nominated for the World Monuments Fund Watch List, the structure is threatened by neglect and the Recovery School District's plans to build a new school on the site.

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