Friday, October 24, 2014
'The mortar used in constructing the buildings was of very poor quality and some of the buildings 200 years old have mortar in them which has never dried. You can pick it out with a lead pencil.'(1)
Eye witnesses reported a noise that sounded like an "explosion" prior to the collapse. No injuries were reported.
(1)"Collapse of Cornices Laid to Vibration, Houses' Age." The Times-Picayune 29 April 1948.
Images above: Walter Cook Keenan, photographer. 524-530 Royal Street. 30 April 1948. Walter Cook Keenan New Orleans Architecture Photographs, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries; K. Rylance, photographer. 808-810 Royal Street. 26 October 2014.