Endangered places: As the Buddy Bolden house continues to deteriorate, PJ Morton ‘has a plan for it’
Graffiti is scrawled across the side of the Central City shotgun that was once the home of jazz legend Buddy Bolden, and siding that received a fresh coat of paint a few years ago has begun falling off. In front of the house at 2309-11 First Street, near Simon Bolivar Avenue, trash has been piling up around the abandoned remains of past roadwork. Like many plans, those for the home of the musical innovator have been frozen in time for the past two years as Covid-19 disrupted every aspect of life here and abroad. But now that the coronavirus numbers are declining and people are starting to awaken from their forced slumber, questions have arisen about what exactly is going on in the 2300 block of First Street and when might work may be proceeding with the rehabilitation of Bolden’s former residence at 2309 First St.
No apparent progress has been made since the house appeared on the Louisiana Landmarks Society’s list of New Orleans Nine Most Endangered Sites for the second time in November 2020. The society said that, despite celebrated restoration plans, the building owned by the Greater St.