St. Stephen Catholic Church


New Orleans, LA

Project Size:

14,854 Square Feet

Located on the historic Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans, St Stephen Catholic Church sits among the oldest places of worship in New Orleans. In 2014, Trapolin-Peer Architects was selected by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to provide architectural services for the restoration of the Church, which had suffered  from over a hundred years of wear and damage from water intrusion.

The design team coordinated a thorough investigation process with multiple consultants to compile scoping documentation to identify the current conditions of the building’s interior and exterior. From this report, the team developed the necessary methods to restore the building’s exterior envelope to prevent further moisture intrusion.

The project included restoration of the historic pine floors, repairing and restoring failing plaster walls, restoring the exterior envelope and facade, as well as replacing the mechanical system and interior and exterior lighting. The renovation is the Church’s first in its 130 years of existence.

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Project Awards

  • ENR U.S. — Best Project for Renovation/Restoration, 2019
  • Louisiana Landmarks Society — Award for Excellence , 2019
  • AIA New Orleans — Merit Award for Historic Preservation, Restoration + Adaptive Reuse, 2019
  • ENR Texas & Louisiana — Best Project Award, 2019
  • ABC National — Excellence in Construction, 2018
  • ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter — Excellence in Construction, 2018
  • Solomon Awards, 2018