Originally developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, PTN's "Brief Guide to Understanding Repairs to Historic Homes Damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Other Related Floods" is relevant in 2016 as floods ravage Louisiana and surrounding states. Download it here.
In July of 2006, PTN/WMF held the first of a series of community based workshop in partnership with the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association to restore flood-damaged buildings in the historic Holy Cross Neighborhood of New Orleans’s Ninth Ward, for reoccupation and to provide property owners with practical, hands-on knowledge for restoring their homes. The workshop took place June 19-25th at the Greater Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church. PTN members worked with the congregation and volunteers from the World Monuments Fund and the Nathan Cummings Foundation to make structural repairs and replace flood damaged wooden flooring.
In addition to the workshops, PTN and WMF have helped address the critical need for a continuing base of hands-on technical and practical assistance using a Mobile Preservation Unit and other community outreach efforts to meet with more than 75 individual home owners to provide specific practical repair recommendations. PTN has also developed “Brief Guide to Understanding Repairs to Historic Homes Damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Other Related Floods” written to address some of the most common questions including:
Does the work on my house require a permit from the Landmarks Commission?
What will it cost me to save my historic building?
What do I remove and how do I remove it?
How do I handle flood damage and mold?
How do I stabilize and repair piers and foundations?
How do I repair roofs and gutters, windows and doors?
Where can I find more information and assistance?