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Modern Details in a Historic Setting

Contemporary glass storefront in final stages of installation.

Contemporary glass storefront in final stages of installation.

This was a major New Orleans restoration project on St. Charles Ave. This beautiful Greek Revival style building had fallen into disrepair after being used to house a restaurant and then sitting empty for a few years after Hurricane Katrina. The current owner decided to renovate this beautiful home to bring it back to its former glory. Its new use will be a private residence and will also have office space on the first floor.

A challenge that was faced by Wayne Troyer Architects and Collums Construction was how to maintain its historic beauty while meeting the current needs as a residence and an office. With approval from the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission, this contemporary storefront entrance added inside the building while keeping the exterior shell of the building intact. This glass and stainless steel entryway allows customers to enter the offices from the side of the building while keeping the residential entry separate and in the front. You would never know that when you walk into this grand St Charles Ave building you will be greeted with such modern luxury.

Ramon Siles putting final touches on the handrail

Ramon Siles putting final touches on the handrail