Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Ace Hotel at 600 Carondolet

Once the home of the largest furniture store in the South, this building was designed by the architect of Huey P. Long’s Louisiana State Capitol - Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth. Utilizing historic tax credits, this 184,000 square foot mixed-use development was renovated from an existing 9-story Art Deco building circa 1928. A 4-story contemporary addition stylishly complements its neighboring structure through the use of hand-made brick masonry and cast stone cladding.  

At every turn, the hotel features unique elements of New Orleans that give guests a distinct sense of the local culture without oversaturating their experience. Gentle nods to the city, such as a carriageway and courtyard, balcony gardens, and eclectic interior furnishings, are weaved subtly into the hotel’s character.

With views of the St. Charles streetcar line along Carondelet Street, guest rooms are lined with various glass and window systems in-filled with planter boxes instead of the traditional masonry of the adjacent structure. This textured façade serves a quiet, elegant reinterpretation of its classic neighbor and was designed as a contemporary homage to the contiguous Art Deco tones.

An expansive rooftop pool and deck hosts an array of fashionable furniture, intimate spaces, and overhead wood trellises. Sunbathers and swimmers are able to relax amidst a variety of hanging, potted and bedded plants, giving this space an overgrown, jungle-like feel as well as ideal views of downtown.

Considered a lifestyle brand in many major cities, this hotel aims to be a destination for both locals and visitors alike. Located in a notable historic district of New Orleans, this multi-use building provides a refreshing alternative to the traditional structures surrounding it and serves as a catalyst for this quickly redeveloping neighborhood.

Location: New Orleans, LA Map This Location
Size: 184,000 square feet
Year of Completion: 2016
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