Through the combined efforts of Broadmoor's
design and construction teams in 1995, the former store ultimately became the
243-room Chateau Sonesta Hotel. The 230,000 square foot hotel features 12-foot
ceilings in all guest rooms, several multi-purpose meeting rooms, and a full
service restaurant and bar.
The building has National Park Service Historic
Preservation Certification and had to be restored per agency guidelines. The main entrance of the hotel was designed with
a welcoming port cochere and beautifully executed traditional brick work at the
corner of the French Quarter’s Dauphine and Iberville Streets. Demolition of a turn-of-the-century load-bearing
wall was required to build this area, with extensive shoring necessary during
demolition. The building’s new façade design reflects the neighboring Iberville
Street elevation, albeit a bit more contemporary in nature. The Iberville Street façade was restored with
historical accuracy by Broadmoor, winning a commendation from the Historic
District Landmarks Commission.
Two open-air patios and a third enclosed atrium
were cut into the core of the building from the roof to the second level of the
four-story building to bring natural light into the core of the hotel. This interior demolition required removal of
35 tandem truckloads of material from the dense, urban site each day. The resulting pool deck and cabana, garden
areas, and garden atrium formed an isolated retreat in the center of the hotel
and New Orleans’ bustling downtown.
Architect: Broadmoor, LLC
Contract Value: $18,535,000
Services: Design-Build Contractor