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Fresh Off a Renovation, The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Will Undergo a Restoration

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May 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans renovated its guest rooms and club level rooms last year, giving the spaces a modern luxury look that's still very New Orleans. Hello, silk purple armchair! But for the exterior, the hotel is going back in time.

The historic terra cotta facades of the Maison Blanche and S.H. Kress Co. buildings which make-up the Ritz-Carlton are going under an extensive restoration project this summer, worth $2 million, that will restore them back to their early 20th century look.

The Maison Blanche, completed in 1909, once featured an ornate terra cotta pediment, over its entrance but that was removed sometime in the mid 1900's. The restoration, led by Pascal Architects, L.L.C., will try to recreate the pediment using historic photographs and drawings.

Meanwhile, the signs on the S.H. Kress Co. building, built in 1913, have faded significantly so the Ritz has recreated them and will install them so the building will look like it did when it first opened. Those signs, btw, say "KRESS" and "S.H. Kress & Co .5-10-25 Store." Cool. We love it when hotels keep their building's history alive like this.

Rooms at the Ritz start at way more than a five and dime store, at around $300 a night.

[Photos: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans/Facebook]

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