Oct 072011

The old rectory at St. Henry's, currently used by Ecole Bilingue (image via Preservation Resource Center)

An exhibit of relics related to Pope John Paul II has the potential to save St. Henry’s Church and invigorate the neighborhood around it, and the demolition of the rectory across the street for a parking lot was an idea intended to alleviate traffic pressure, but is not an essential component of the plan, a parish priest told residents Thursday night.

“Not tearing down that rectory is not a deal breaker for the exhibit,” said Monsignor Christopher Nalty of Good Shepherd Parish. “I saw more parking as being a benefit for the neighborhood. But in the end, I don’t know what to do with the building.” Continue reading »

Sep 212011

The rectory at St. Henry's Catholic Church (image via Preservation Resource Center)

The Archdiocese of New Orleans denied any current plans to demolish the rectory at St. Henry Catholic Church, though it acknowledged inquiring about the possibility of doing so in order to host an exhibit on John Paul II. Continue reading »

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Sep 192011

The rectory at St. Henry's Catholic Church (image via Preservation Resource Center)

Is the century-old rectory at Uptown’s St. Henry’s Catholic Church slated to become a parking lot?

If so, it’s the fate that neighbors of the church are already organizing to fight off. Last week, nearby neighbor Faye Lieder got word from the Historic District Landmarks Commission that the church plans convert the church into a “multi-use facility” and to “request the demolition of a building across the street from the church that they no longer need,” Lieder said Sunday night at a meeting of neighbors who quickly convened at her house. Continue reading »

Jul 092011

Priests, supporters of St. Henry's and community members gather for the 22nd Annual Feast of St. Henry Mass and Reunion on General Pershing Saturday afternoon. "Our reunions are for anyone who went to St. Henry's School, lived in St. Henry's Parish, attended St. Henry's Church, knew someone named Henry, or can spell Henry," according to a Friends of St. Henry flyer. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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May 102011

With relatively minor opposition, both a corner store’s request to reopen on Jackson Avenue in the Irish Channel and the conversion of a residentially-zoned building on General Pershing into the childcare center for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans received the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »