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Old 01-29-10, 03:17 PM
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Original New Orleans Bicycle Club building up for demolition

The owner of the original HQ of the NOBC, built in 1891, has applied to demolish the building.



From the July 21, 1891 issue of the Times-Picayune:
The New Orleans Bicycle Club long ago wheeled into line as one of the crack clubs of gallant young men who will do all they can to encourage a manly sport and keep at it in a manly way. There are some old fat-heads who pretend to think it silly work riding a wheel because they do not ride themselves, and so they prate about bow legs and crook-spines with assinine ignorance of the wholesomeness and healthfulness, as well as pleasure, that a vigorous young fellow gets out of his wheel as he spins through the dew and delicious atmosphere of 5 o’clock of a June morning.
They don't write 'em like that anymore.
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well normally I'd be supportive of fighting that but the building has been converted to apts, converted to a wharehouse space and then abandoned. It's been empty since 2005 ?
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And even if the thing were restored, (which would take a fortune) just look at the next door neighbors...no, it's a goner. RIP NOBC.
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well normally I'd be supportive of fighting that but the building has been converted to apts, converted to a wharehouse space and then abandoned. It's been empty since 2005 ?

That thing looks like a disaster waiting to happen...
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Architecturally, there's not much left there to save except for maybe the arches at the entrance (if it is still behind those boards) and the balcony above it. That building pretty much lost most of itself when the central turret was removed. I wonder too how much of the structural framing haven't already been damaged anyway by many years of dry rot from flooding and termites.
Anyway, New Orleans have many more bigger problems left by Katrina to deal with that takes priority over saving this building. Too late, people should have considered saving it many decades ago when there was still enough left to save on it!
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and even if the thing were restored, (which would take a fortune) just look at the next door neighbors...no, it's a goner. Rip nobc.
rip n.o.
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I'm told most of the building's decline can be attributed to roof damage, which is the responsibility of the owner. Unfortunately penalties for property neglect are rarely enforced down here, resulting in 61,000+ blighted properties city-wide, many with historical or architectural value. There have been many taxpayer-funded demolitions under the auspices of 'Katrina damage' (with the encouragement of the Nagin administration) when in fact the structures had been unsound for many years prior to the storm. This was a source of much irritation to preservationists and the fiscally prudent.
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