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How elegant the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at St Amant looks (Concrete Quarterly, AJ 01.09.05). The delightful space with its shafts of light seems so peaceful. But look at the location - 'near New Orleans' - and the heart sinks. Doubtless the building was too heavy and too robust to have been swept away, but one can be confident that it will not appear as pristine today as it did in the photographs of Timothy Hursley.

At a time when we are still hearing about undifferentiated chaos and horror from the southern US, with little indication of which major structures have or have not been damaged, this kind of 'before' shot is especially poignant in reminding us of what may have been spoilt.

Angela Blazer, Lincoln

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