The Highrise

Completed 2022


103,000 sf
New Orleans, LA
Peter Gardner

Architect William Bond originally designed this historic structure in 1968 as a Holiday Inn along Chef Menteur Highway, featuring a unique ornamental cast concrete breeze block design reminiscent of other Holiday Inns from that era. Beyond its aesthetics, this building played a pivotal role in the development of both the city and New Orleans East along I-10. Today, it stands as a rare surviving example of postmodern architecture in New Orleans as the only remaining Holiday Inn from that period with its original façade components intact. However, the building faced years of abandonment after its closure in 1995, with various redevelopment attempts falling short. Fortunately, under new ownership with Gardner Development in 2017, its restoration became a reality. Our team had the privilege of contributing to the transformation of this abandoned nine-story building into a 144-unit apartment complex, providing much-needed affordable workforce housing. The comprehensive restoration project included two ground-floor commercial units, a resident community room, exercise room, meeting space, a swimming pool, and an integrated stormwater management system. Our success in this endeavor was greatly aided by the outstanding contractor and consultant team members we collaborated with, including WDG Engineers, Design Jones, Walter Zehner & Associates, and Gardner Construction. Earlier this year, our collective efforts were recognized with an Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Louisiana Landmark Society, acknowledging the restoration of this historic midcentury modern structure.

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