Palmisano Contractors was selected as general contractor for the renovation of two buildings, one three-story, and one five-story masonry and heavy timber structure at 217 and 225 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, namely May & Ellis. The buildings were last used as Hurwitz Mintz furniture stores before being vacant for several years. The renovation’s scope of work consists of demolition, full interior build out of 25 high-end apartment units, including cutting in a light well in each building allowing natural light into apartments, and two white box ground floor future retail spaces. Along with the renovations, the project includes rooftop expansions consisting of one apartment, residential accessory spaces, and a rooftop deck and amenity area.
Through our early involvement in the design phase, we were able to assure the owner an end product of the highest quality within the budget. Palmisano began construction with the design only 80% complete, shortening the overall project duration and providing savings to the owner. The team used digital construction documents to overcome the challenges associated with historical renovations.
“We set out to create the premier building in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Palmisano Group helped us to realize this vision and was an invaluable partner in bringing this significant and complex project to fruition. I look forward to working with them again.”
– David Hecht, Founder & Principal, Formwork Development
“Hecht, an architect and real estate developer, had just flown into New Orleans that night for a reconnaissance trip to scope out properties for potential development projects.”
ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter
Louisiana Landmarks Society
AIA Gulf States Region
Permanent residency is a threatened, but very important aspect of the culture of the French Quarter. This project ensured that this building’s 100-year-old aesthetic remained intact, and that local businesses and residents would still be a vibrant part of the neighborhood.