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The Uptown area was recognized for its architectural excellence in 1985 when it was included in the National Register of Historic Places. This nomination serves as a description of the building stock and codifies the area’s architectural significance. Unfortunately, lack of time and monetary resources has prevented updates to the nomination since its initial submission. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to resurvey the whole of the Uptown National Register Historic District in order to update descriptions of the building stock and codify the area’s architectural significance. FEMA has contracted with R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. (“RCGA”) to send teams into the field to verify existing conditions.
RCGA teams are composed of two cultural resource professionals, including an architectural historian. The teams are conducting the survey exclusively from the public Right-of-Way; no member of our staff will enter any private property. The data collected during this survey will ultimately be housed with the City of New Orleans and the State Historic Preservation office, and no private information, such as ownership or improvements, will be made available to the public.
RCGA hopes to start in our area sometime in the next few weeks and continue for several months. You will likely see a small team of us (4-6 people in teams of 2) walking around your neighborhood wearing colored vests; carrying cameras, large yellow hand-held computers, and clipboards; and looking at the local architecture.
I welcome the opportunity to speak with any residents who have questions and have provided my contact information below. In addition, our crew will provide my business card to anyone who requests information. I am available to speak with you or attend a meeting if you feel that is more appropriate and time permits.
Kelly Sellers Wittie
R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc.