Threat

 

The Carrollton Courthouse is again threatened as the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) prepares to auction the property to the highest bidder with no safeguards in place to retain the historic building. A prior appraisal included an assumption that the property would be vacant for redevelopment. Currently, the OPSB is having the property reappraised, and can proceed at any time to have the property demolished. This property embodies a significant piece of history as well as important architecture. It has served the public as a courthouse, community gathering place, and/or school since its construction in 1855. Without conditions attached to its sale, along with public input, the building stands at risk for any number of inappropriate actions, including demolition. Raising public awareness and action now can stave off future unsuitable consequences.