Randomness Around St. Augustine’s

I called this post “Randomness Around St. Augustine’s” because that best describes what is happening around the church which is getting a second chance on life, as I wrote about yesterday. Above, Central High School, captured out the window of the circular stair tower of the church, is in bad shape, and is slated for demolition. The corner of Jefferson and Hebert is just out of view to the left above.

Randomly, the thick underbrush at the southwest corner of Sullivan Avenue and Parnell Street has been cleared. It looks like pictures I’ve seen of tropical rainforests being burned down in Brazil. Yes, that’s a house in the far right background that was destroyed by brick thieves.

And then, as far as I can tell, the row houses on either side of this house were torn down randomly, since the survivor has a different owner and therefore it couldn’t be demolished. I’ve seen this before, years ago. Sure leaves a viable building behind, real estate-wise, doesn’t it?


  1. That is a shame that an Ittner school is being demolished. I heard a few years ago that it was contracted for senior housing. That gives me a feeling of helplessness, because I don’t have the money or influence to save the historic buildings. I heard that Carr school was being rehabbed, but don’t know if anything has happened. When buildings that massive disappear, it’s like someone losing all of their teeth, no one knows what the neighborhood looked like or how it thrived because everything is gone.😢

    • I know the feeling, but I keep up hope that as long as Central is still standing there is a chance, however small, the maybe, just maybe, a developer will come in and buy it.

  2. Are you able to cite a source that says Central is slated for demolition? I’m curious because I’ve heard nothing of the sort.

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