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Vulcan Street, August 2020

The area around Vulcan Street, in the far southern portion of Carondelet known as the Patch, is not doing well. The house above, an old wood frame vernacular house with a hip roof, with damaged by fire recently; two more wood frame houses nearby, shown here, were destroyed earlier this week. On Vulcan Street itself, which I’ve looked at in 2012, 2017, and 2018, the houses seem to be holding up, but I doubt there will be any development on the narrow lane.

There is less undergrowth this year, which is good, as roots and vines can break apart mortar and cause damage to masonry.

The largest house on the block, which is brick, however is shrouded in heavy vines on the northern exposure.

And unfortunately, the house at the corner with Schirmer Street, is now boarded up with fresh plywood. It was occupied until recently. It’s sad to see it’s gone vacant.

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