Holy Cross pulls its name from Holy Cross High School. In 1849, The Brothers of the Holy Cross purchased Reynes Plantation and established a boarding school for boys. This school still remains and continues to build strong men of character. After over one hundred years of educational service, Holy Cross High School relocated to Paris Avenue due to Hurricane Katrina.
Architectural styles used in the homes in the area included Creole Cottages, shotgun houses, camelback houses, side hall plan houses, bungalows and commercial buildings. In the 1800’s the side hall plan homes were built for low-middle to middle class homeowners in Holy Cross. Commercial buildings were an important fixture in Holy Cross’ historic streetscapes, with the domestic-looking buildings set along the street corners throughout the district.
As flood water washed away homes in Holy Cross, it caused destruction to surrounding buildings, homes and business throughout the entire city. After Hurricane Katrina, many families stayed in trailers, with family members and in hotels for nearly a year. In August 2007, the Disaster Housing Assistant Program (DHAP) was vital in helping families with rental assistance until homes were livable again. Residents are now more compelled to return to their homes.
Holy Cross area is bounded by North side of Florida Avenue, eastern portion of St. Bernard Parish, South Side of St. Claude Avenue and Westside of the Industrial Canal. The adjacent regions are St. Bernard Parish and the Bywater neighborhood. According to the Census Bureau, there were 1,315 families residing in the Holy Cross area pre-Katrina. These families were composed of middle to low income families and 58 percent renters. Since Hurricane Katrina, 47 percent of the population have return to the Holy Cross area. Rebuilding Together New Orleans has partnered with the Holy Cross Neighborhood completing 28 homes since Hurricane Katrina.
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You can usually find the following architectural styles in this neighborhood.
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