The Saint Anna

1823 Prytania St.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Adaptive reuse of a former women's asylum to high end apartments
Felicity Property Co., client
40,000 sf

Wayne Troyer FAIA

Megan Cook

Toni DiMaggio

2016 Louisiana Landmarks Society Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation Award

2015 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Award for Historical Restoration/Renovation Less than $25 Million (awarded to Palmisano Contractors)

2016 Louisiana Landmarks Society Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation


Jeffrey Johnston

Project Type: Housing

Originally constructed as housing for widows and orphans of the yellow fever epidemics, The Saint Anna is a composition of several structures built and added on to over time. Built and run by women, the original masonry and plaster building went up in 1853 in the Greek Revival style, and was expanded in subsequent years to include an infirmary; renovations of the interior spaces took place throughout its history.

The renovation project adapts the three-story building to 23 modern multi-family residential units while maintaining the important historic elements of the interior, exterior, and overall site, in order to satisfy requirements for state and federal historic tax credits. A modern entry was designed to bring residents into the building from the dedicated parking lot. A curated central courtyard provides a place for gatherings, outdoor cooking and lounging. The residences themselves (one, two and three bedroom types) are light-filled and spacious, with open plans for modern living.

Significant elements of the buildings architecture were preserved wherever possible, and a full masonry and decorative plaster restoration and deterioration abatement was addressed at both the exterior and the interior of the building.