516-18 Natchez

516-18 Natchez St.

New Orleans, Louisiana

2014
Rehabilitation of two adjoined three story brick row houses with a modern rear addition
Vieux Nouveau Properties, LLC , client
8,200 sf
$1,700,000
Collaborators:

Megan Cook

Wayne Troyer

Kendall Winingder–Interior Design

Amy Garrett

2015 Louisiana Landmarks Society Excellence in Historic Preservation Award

2015 AIA New Orleans Honorable Mention

Photography:

Jeffrey Johnston

Project Type: Housing, Interiors, Mixed Use

516 Natchez is the rehabilitation of two adjoined three story brick row houses in the Central Business District.  An exercise in urban density, the building houses a ground floor office space and a total of five apartments in an 8,200 square foot volume.

One of the row house buildings required total replacement of the structural framing, inspiring a split level concept where a central four-story volume offsets the floor planes within units.  A fragmented historic brick wall on the back property line inspired a glass clad dining volume for the two-bedroom units.  The double height curtain wall provides well-framed city views along the active Poydras Street thoroughfare.

Historic elements of the buildings architecture were preserved wherever possible, the highlight being an intricately detailed bathroom within a vaulted brick structure on the ground floor of the building.  The project finishes emphasize its urban setting, with a timeless industrial aesthetic and the convenience of taking an elevator directly to one’s unit.  The project signifies a larger movement within the city of a developing downtown district and savvy tenants who want to live in the center of the activity.