Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Historic Façade, Windows, and Roof Restoration

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  • Ritz-Carlton New Orleans’ façade, windows, and roof, which show the architecture services of Pascal Architects in New Orleans, LA
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The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans occupies nine buildings in the city square including the original Maison Blanche department store, a landmark of Canal Street that was originally constructed in the early 1900s. The entire complex was restored and opened as the Ritz-Carlton in 2000, but required additional renovations to the building envelope in order to function properly and all governing codes. As such, all renovations were completed without disrupting the operations of the hotel.

Pascal Architects designed, tested, and fabricated custom-built and installed the first hurricane-resistant wood windows to be recognized by the National Park Service. The testing of windows that range from 7-foot to 12-foot windows in accordance with the original historic design of the building, were independently tested to stand up to withstand hurricane forces exceeding Category 3 hurricane winds or 129 mph. All window designs exceeded the category wind levels of a Category 5 Hurricane (sustained wind of 157+ mph). In addition to the replacement of all windows in the building, the team completed historic terracotta restorations to the exterior of the building and additional waterproofing of the building envelope, including restorations to the roof.

Project details

  • Categories: General architecture
    Historic restoration and preservation
  • Team: P. Mark Pascal
    Knox H. Tumlin
    Alessandra B. McDaniels
    Jess Schmeeckle
  • Date: August 2005
  • Budget: $22 million
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