I'd been stalking the McGruder Street Church of God in Christ (1940) for about a decade. It's a little landmark. Here's the deal:
"Most landmarks and focal points in cities - of which we need more, not
fewer - come from the contrast of use radically different from its
surroundings, and therefore inherently special-looking, happily located
to make some drama and contrast of the inherent difference ... noble
buildings ... set within the matrix of the city, instead being sorted
out and withdrawn into 'courts of honor'"- Page 228, ”The Death and Life of Great American Cities” - Jane Jacobs, Vintage Books Edition 1991
Finally in 2011 I spotted someone entering. I slammed on the brakes and ran after them. This "slam on the brakes and run after them" is NOT always the best method for this sort of thing. But it worked this time.
I learned that zoning and building codes prevented the owners from converting it into a place to live.
Parking was the prime issue. I'm paraphrasing: To make it a place to live they had to add off-street parking. There's just not room. (And that's not all.) So it sat empty and unused.
I won't bore you with the details because I don't understand them. Let's just say, what they couldn't do then they can do now.
But that's not what I'm here to blog about.
Last night I ran into Shana Robbins. Her family was connected to this place.
It reminded me that they built a new house across the street that featured views of the church.
Here's the view from the first floor.
Here's the view from the second floor. Bravo: designing to take advantage of two Old Fourth Ward landmarks.
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