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||GeorgiAnne Frederick Brochstein
||Marble Falls, TX
|Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
||FEMA... My late husband M. Hamilton Frederick was one of the architects involved in the design of St. Frances Cabrini and although he went on to design many more buildings Cabrini was always his favorite. We made many trips to New Orleans after Ham relocated and every trip involved a visit to Cabrini. We were always regaled with compliments about what an inspiration the church was, what incredible energy the church had, and most of all thanks because they loved being a part of Cabrini, the "Cathedral on the Lake". We were never taken aside and told "its an eyesore", "it leaks", or "its too expensive" and I don't think it is because the people of New Orleans are sensitive to one's feelings.
Hamilton died shortly before Cabrini's 30th anniversary and Kendall (Ham's daughter) and her new husband were there and the Priest was thrilled that they were there to participate and told them wonderful stories about the church and mentioned during the service how pleased he was that they were there. (Again no mention of constant problems).
I understand that Holy Cross would like to begin anew with a clean slate. I appreciate the fact that our children are our future, I have five grandchildren and I would move heaven and earth for them. I would love to be able to take them to New Orleans and show them a wonderful new campus and a repaired Cabrini and a thriving neighborhood. Those of us wanting to save Cabrini are not the impediment to Holy Cross having a new campus. We think that the money to tear down Cabrini would go a long way toward restoring the building. The remainder might be raised through private funds. Holy Cross is not going to build out the entire site immediately. Can't the two acres that Cabrini sits on be put in abeyance for a period of time? Those that think the architectural styles clash haven't looked at Harvard lately.
Holy Cross and Cabrini could easily become New Orleans's Phoenix rising from the ruins. Reasonable people can agree to disagree and I'm sure I shall be subjected to rude comments but that will solve nothing....reasonable people working together can achieve remarkable things. Can't we work together?
FEMA...Don't allow Cabrini to be torn down.