Broad Theater, Ace Hotel Among Winners of Louisiana Landmarks Society's Historic Preservation Awards
Updated March 03, 2017 Posted March 03, 2017
Gallier Hall, the Pontchartrain Hotel, the Sophie B. Wright Middle & High School, the Ace Hotel and the Broad Theater are among 18 winners of the Louisiana Landmarks Society's Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
The awards, announced this week, focused on renovations or restoration projects completed in New Orleans in 2016. “This year, we had the most nominations we’ve ever received — 40 nominations,” said Sandra L. Stokes, president of the Louisiana Landmarks Society and co-chair of the awards committee. Nominations came in from the public as well as from other organizations involved in historic preservation.
“We were thrilled with the diversity of the nominations this year — diversity (of neighborhoods) in the city as well as architectural styles and commercial and residential projects,” she said.
The awards went to projects that demonstrated
“that historic preservation could be a tool to revitalize older neighborhoods”
featured environmentally friendly or sustainable building practices
supported “the cultural and ethnic diversity of the preservation movement
were “creative examples of saving a historic building,”
utilized various federal or state tax incentive programs and
“represented new design that is appropriate to historic neighborhoods,” the society said.
“These nominations show there is so much work in historic preservation going on in the city right now,” Stokes said on Thursday. They illustrate “the value in saving the historic character of the city.”
The renovation of this 1928 Art Deco building, formerly a furniture store, is “punctuated with traditional New Orleans elements, such as a carriageway and courtyard, balcony gardens, and an eclectic collection of interior materials and furnishings,” the awards said.
Surrounded by a “sea of parking lots,” this five-story brick warehouse is located near Woldenberg Park and Canal Place. It was built circa 1900 for the American Sugar Refining Co. “In the 1980s, its owner sought approval for its demolition,” the awards committee said. But it was saved from the wrecking ball. Recently the property was renovated into four residential units and a ground floor office space. “Especially noteworthy are the restored original masonry vaulted ceilings,” the award said.
The Broad Theater,636 N. Broad St.
Art House NOLA, Design Office, Owen Riley Investments, Laura Scriba
This 1924 Spanish Colonial style warehouse and an attached circa-1940 seafood processing factory sat blighted and vacant for nearly 10 years. Today it has been renovated into a four-screen movie theater. The project has been “revitalizing to the Mid-City and Treme neighborhoods,” the award said.
Catahoula Hotel, 914 Union St.
Ley Line Development, Global X, Preservation Resource Center
“This hotel feels so European,” Stokes said. Located in the Central Business District, two townhouses, dating from circa 1840 and 1923, were combined to create the hotel using “state and federal tax incentives, as well as credits derived through the Preservation Resource Center’s façade easement program.”
“They did a great job of preserving the (historic) elements as well as the ambiance,” Stokes said.
The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, New Orleans Redevelopment Association (NORA), Clio Associates
While not a renovation project, the Façade RENEW program earned the award for its work providing “reimbursable grants designed to incentivize commercial property and small business owners to preserve and revitalize their buildings,” the society said. Facade RENEW awards grants to projects along Bayou Road, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Old Gentilly Road and St. Claude Avenue.
This is the first time the Louisiana Landmarks Society has included a grant program in the awards. Façade Renew was noteworthy, Stokes said, because it “provides instrumental support to encourage revitalization of significant historic corridors.”
Built in 1858, these buildings “make up the longest continuous grouping of Italianate commercial buildings in New Orleans and, though not the subject, were the physical location where Degas painted the Cotton Exchange,” the awards said.
The restoration project included work on the adjacent building built in 1869 by architect Henry R. Thiberge as his offices.
Built in 1888, this Gothic Revival building previously was the home of Felicity United Methodist Church. The property was closed, and the church was decommissioned after Hurricane Katrina.The building was listed on the Louisiana Landmarks Society’s 2010 list of the “New Orleans Nine Most Endangered Sites.” Today it’s been restored and now is as an events venue for weddings and private parties. The major renovation included a new roof, brick repointing and shoring, the awards said.
Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave.
Markdesign, LLC, Cypress Building Conservation, City of New Orleans, Atkinson-Noland & Associates, Inc., Battco Construction and Maintenance Inc., Gray Studio
In 2014, a section of marble cornice “fell onto the granite stairs, signaling dire need for attention” at Gallier Hall, the awards said. “With the assistance of varied professionals, the city undertook a major façade restoration, including stabilization, structural repairs and masonry cleaning.
“We applaud the city for taking on this project,” Stokes said.
Hermann-Grima House, 820 St. Louis St.
The Woman’s Exchange, doing business as the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, Cypress Building Conservation, ADG New Orleans, LLC, Koch + Wilson Architects APC, Keith M. Guy Inc.
Efforts to restore this French Quarter historic house museum included “a comprehensive effort to repair masonry, mortar, roofing and millwork.Importantly, a minimally invasive climate control system was installed,” the awards said.
822 Howard Ave.
Welty Architecture, DEI Contractors, LLC, Design Engineerings Inc., HMS Architecture
Built in 1916, this former automobile showroom has been renovated into an apartment building “that offers modern amenities while retaining historic fabric such as expansive daylight, iron and wire glass windows, stained and polished concrete floors, industrial-style ductwork, exposed brick and reclaimed wood re-purposed into stair treads and sliding wood doors,” the awards said.
Lusher Stabilization, 5324 Freret St.
Lusher Charter School, CORE Construction, SCNZ Architects, Orleans Parish School Board
Damaged by “deferred maintenance, water intrusion, termites and age,” the former Alcee Fortier School Building has been restored and now features energy efficient features and such “upgrades as a new roof, elevator, HVAC, lighting, painting, and code requirements.”
May & Ellis Mixed Use Development, 221 Chartres St.
The former Hurwitz-Mintz Furniture Store has been renovated into high-end apartments in a mixed-use development. The renovation included “masonry and stucco repair, retention and repair of existing historic windows and restoration of beadboard ceilings while introducing a contemporary language for the residential units,” the awards said.
Milne Boys Home, 5420 Franklin Ave.
Waggonner & Ball LLC, City of New Orleans, Battco Construction & Maintenance, Inc., Crescent Commercial Construction LLC, CDW Services, Louisiana Dept. of Education, Jacobs/CSRS Program Management, CORE Construction, Schrenk, Endom and Flanagan
Built in the 1930s under the Works Progress Administration, the former Milne Boys Home in Gentilly was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Today, the property has been fully restored, and it serves as the home of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.
Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave.
Trapolin-Peer Architects, APC, Citadel Builders, AJ Capital Partners
The restoration of this 1927 building included “exterior renovation and the addition of interior 21st-century amenities, revamped luxury suites, extended stay sprawls, as well as single and double guestrooms,” the awards said.
Sadlier Residence, 933 Burgundy St.
Charles A. Berg, AIA, Architect, Claus Sadlier
The renovation of this circa 1836 Creole townhouse included repointing the masonry building, installing a new natural slate roof with copper nails; adding new interior plaster; correcting sagging floor joists and converting the former attic into a master bedroom-home office suite. “The service building has been renovated as a guest apartment,” the awards said.
Sophie B. Wright Middle & High School, 1426 Napoleon Ave.
Waggonner & Ball, LLC, LA Dept. of Education, Jacobs/CSRS Program Management, CORE Construction, Schrenk, Endom and Flanagan, Moses Engineers Inc.
Designed by city architect E.A. Christy and built in 1912, the Sophie Wright school building underwent an extensive restoration and improvement project including, “the construction of a new high school gymnasium inserted into the original U-shaped plan,” the awards said.
The Troubadour, 1111 Gravier St.
Landis Construction, Slumber Corners NOLA, LLC, Campo Architects, Sumit Credits, LLC, Crescent Growth Capital LLC, LeBlanc Hausknecht
After the tragic 1972 Rault Center fire, Louisiana became the first state to require all high-rise buildings to have sprinkler systems. Today, the former Rault Center has been fully restored into a hotel. “In acknowledgment of this change in building codes, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, enabling its renovation,” the awards said.
Villa St. Maurice, 500 St. Maurice Ave.
Gibbs Construction, Archdiocese of New Orleans, Lachin Architects APC
Development of this Lower 9th Ward assisted living facility included restoration of the Convent of the Perpetual Adoration combined with new construction. “This was a much-needed asset for Lower Nine residents, as it is the only such facility in the area and a major development in the years since Hurricane Katrina so devastated the neighborhood,” the awards said.