Louisiana Landmarks Society Seeks Nominations for the 2018 New Orleans’ Nine Most Endangered Sites

New Orleans, February 5, 2018:  Louisiana Landmarks Society (LLS), which promotes historic preservation through education, advocacy, and operation of the Pitot House, is soliciting nominations for the 2018 New Orleans’ Nine Most Endangered Sites.

Neighborhood organizations, preservation and civic organizations, and individuals may submit nominations via a webform at: http://louisianalandmarks.org/2018-new-orleans-nine-nomination-form#overlay-context=slideshow/new-orleans-9-most-endangered-sites.  A pdf of the form is also available for download at the website.

Endangered sites eligible for listing should be within the New Orleans Metropolitan area, including individual places or collections of publicly or privately owned buildings, communities, civic structures, parks, recreational properties, and any culturally or historically significant site, element or resource, both built or natural. If an eligible site’s threat is so pervasive that it is viewed to be a city-wide issue, then the threat itself will be eligible for listing.  

The New Orleans' Nine (NO9) is an annual advocacy project of LLS. Modeled after the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s listing of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, NO9 brings attention to properties and physical features that are in danger of being lost from the fabric of our city. The final choices are based upon selection criteria such as historic, architectural, and cultural value, the severity of the threat, and the degree of community commitment to save the feature.

“The New Orleans’ Nine brings much needed attention to historic places that may be threatened by demolition, neglect or bureaucracy. Once lost, our city is culturally diminished. Our hope is to spotlight these assets to encourage their return as architectural and economic resources for the community,” said Sandra Stokes, president of Louisiana Landmarks Society.

Nominations will be reviewed by a Selections Committee chaired by Landmarks' Board of Trustees member Stephen Chauvin and comprised of local preservationists, architects, cultural resource specialists, and historians.  The nomination form can be found at:http://louisianalandmarks.org/2018-new-orleans-nine-nomination-form#overlay-context=slideshow/new-orleans-9-most-endangered-sites. A pdf of the form is also available for download at the website.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 29, 2018. The 2018 New Orleans Nine will be announced Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Pitot House.

About the New Orleans’ Nine

Louisiana Landmarks New Orleans' Nine list of the most endangered historic resources in New Orleans was inaugurated in 2005. The goals for the program include: saving historic places, gaining publicity for historic sites, advocating for historic preservation, providing preservation education, and supporting proactive preservation solutions. The list is a tool for drawing attention to historic sites that may be threatened by demolition, neglect, or bureaucratic entanglements.

About the Louisiana Landmarks Society & Pitot House

Established in 1950, Louisiana Landmarks Society is the state’s oldest nonprofit preservation organization, whose  mission is to promote historic preservation through education, advocacy and operation of the Pitot House. Landmarks rapidly defined preservation advocacy in New Orleans through campaigns that resulted in the protection of the Carrollton Courthouse and Gallier Hall, and the defeat of the proposed Riverfront Expressway in the 1960s. Landmarks’ most visible manifestation of its preservation principles is the historic c. 1799 Pitot House. Landmarks removed the Pitot House from the threat of demolition in 1964 when it acquired and relocated the structure 200 feet away. Today, the Pitot House functions as Landmarks’ headquarters and as a historic house museum open to the public.