Factors Row

Location:

New Orleans, LA

Project Size:

79,460 Square Feet

The historic Factors Row Building, originally designed by Lewis Reynolds, was built in 1858 and primarily occupied by cotton merchants. The adjacent Thiberge Building, built in 1869, was initially designed as offices by Henry R. Thiberge. Former tenants included the Young Men’s Christian Association and Hibernia Homestead. The buildings make up the longest continuous grouping of Italianate commercial buildings in New Orleans and, though not the subject, were the physical location where Degas painted the Cotton Exchange.

TPA recently completed the renovation and revitalization of the two historic buildings into a mixed-use development. The 79,640 square foot building houses 52 one and two bedroom luxury vacation rentals which encompass most of the renovated space including the rear portion of the first floor which faces the courtyard. The remaining portion of the first floor, with direct street access, is allocated for retail or office spaces

The central space circulates around a three-story bottle display wall with a monumental stair. The stair railing incorporates subtle references to the Sazerac Brand and the stair treads are fabricated from the beams removed to create the three-story opening. A careful approach to architectural elements and attention to detail was an important factor to ensure this purple rated building was designed to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. Retail and office spaces were designed around the existing shell of the building including masonry party walls and exterior openings. Measures were taken to retain the original feel of the courtyards while the accessory buildings and privy shells were renovated to increase the available livable space of the adjacent apartment. Additionally, a minimalist approach was taken in the units to showcase original architectural details including monetary vaults that were retained and converted into closets for the units. The central space circulates around a three-story bottle display wall with a monumental stair. The stair railing incorporates subtle references to the Sazerac Brand and the stair treads are fabricated from the beams removed to create the three-story opening.

Project Awards

  • Louisiana Landmarks Society — Award for Excellence, 2017
  • Louisiana Landmarks Society — Excellence in Historic Preservation, 2017