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The historic four-story load bearing masonry, steel and wood frame structure stands at the corner of Magazine Street and Picayune Place in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The original buildings were built in the 1850s and served as warehouses. During the late 1890s, the location also served as the Clarion Herald Newspaper Office. Unfortunately, the buildings fell into severe disrepair as they stood empty for almost half a century.
The roof and floor structures were severely damaged, and the front exterior masonry wall facing Picayune Place leaned severely. The first task was to install a new superstructure and secure the existing buildings. The restoration also involved repairs to all exterior walls and windows.
The highlight of the project consists of a four-story, 11-foot- by 106-foot-long atrium. The atrium faces south and allows natural light to reach the surrounding guestrooms through the exposed wood joists that span the atrium.
LOCATION: New Orleans, LA
SQ FT: 83,000
COST: $11 million
This adaptive re-use project met the strict National Parks Service Standards for Rehabilitation and the requirements of the New Orleans Historic Landmark Commission.