Sep 122016
2321 State Street (via City of New Orleans)

2321 State Street (via City of New Orleans)

A home on State Street in the university area will be spared demolition instead of being replaced by two other houses after review by the City Council last week.

The owner of 2321 State Street — which property records show to be a company registered to real-estate agent Charlotte Dorion — had hoped to tear down the house and replace it with two homes, because it is on a double lot, said City Councilwoman Susan Guidry.

That plan brought opposition from Erin Holmes of the Preservation Resource Center.

“It is yet another inappropriately targeted Uptown property that is in perfect condition and needs to be reused,” Holmes told the City Council at their meeting Thursday.

Guidry agreed, calling the house an “early 20th-century colonial revival structure, which is very much reflective of the character of this neighborhood.” She said the owners could still fit a second house on the property while allowing the original house to be renovated and preserved, and moved to deny the demolition request with that possibility in mind.

“I believe we are stewards of the old New Orleans architecture in this city, and we have a responsibility to the next generations to preserve our unique architectural heritage wherever possible,” Guidry said.

No one spoke in favor of the demolition, and the City Council approved Guidry’s motion unanimously.

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