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]