Historic rehabilitation of a circa-1850 commercial building with iconic Mid-Century Modern slipcover and conversion of existing office spaces for modern banking operations.
New Orleans, LA
353 Carondelet consists of 2 four-story brick masonry party wall commercial buildings constructed in 1850 as part of a block of identical structures known historically as “Union Row.” In a 1958 renovation, the two buildings were combined and the current Mid-Century Modern slipcover was added to the Carondelet and Perdido street facades, creating the iconic and memorable appearance. As a result, the building landed on the national register.
The slip cover consists of black porcelain enamel faced metal panels punctuated by vertical strips of aluminum windows and tan recessed spandrel panels. Exterior renovation included replacing the deteriorated metal panels and windows and adding new windows to increase natural light on the upper floors, however the windows will be tinted in a way that resembles the historic aluminum windows.
The first floor former bank spaces date to the 1958 renovation and consists of a large open banking area with a curved marble clad counter, wood slate office dividers, and terrazzo floors which are all maintained. Glass wall partitions will be added to create offices while maintaining light distribution to the windowless center of the building.
The second floor was finished out as an executive space with offices, break out work spaces, board room and break room. The development of the office floor plan was driven by the need to provide the associates with the privacy needed for day to day operation while maximizing light distribution through the space. The mix of transparent and solid wood veneered panels accomplished this while maintaining an executive aesthetic. The need for a quick, private meeting space generated a floating volume of meeting/flex space. Holding the walls off the ceiling creates a light shelf for additional natural light to transfer to the rear of the space. The 3rd and 4th floor are ready for future tenants.
Recognition for 353 Carondelet
AIA New Orleans
Merit Award, Historic Preservation, Restoration + Adaptive Reuse
Louisiana Landmarks Society
Excellence in Historic Preservation