New York interior designer and developer Ari Heckman of ASH NYC, along with local business partner, Nathalie Jordi, redeveloped a former church and school in the Faubourg Marigny into a 71-room, independently run boutique hotel. The 156-year-old Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School had been vacant since 2001.
The Peter and Paul campus is comprised of four buildings along a block of Burgundy Street. Irish-born architect Henry Howard, who lived and worked in New Orleans in 19th century, designed the church. A convent, rectory and school building complete the site. The developers engaged the neighborhood for their input on uses for the former church space, which include co-working space, neighborhood organization meetings, yoga, free movie screenings, art installations, and more.
Palmisano’s passion for adaptive reuse of historic architecture really shows in the renovation of these 4 independent structures in the Marigny. The team faced incredible structural challenges within all the buildings, in particular the school building which was converted from an existing 3-story to a 4-story building, creating an additional 15 guestrooms within the existing 145 year old structure. Through our partnership mentality, Palmisano collaborated with the Architects, Designers and Engineers for more than two years prior to construction actually starting to create a one of a kind space within these historic gems. Historic Renovation is not for the faint of heart, it is a day in and day out exploration and coordination with all team members to make the design intent into reality. Again, Palmisano’s commitment to whatever it takes (Sweep Floors) successfully led the project to completion within the 14 month schedule.
Through a strategic rehabilitation with a project cost estimated at $20 million, the owners/developers plan to redevelop an underutilized and vacant city landmark into a 71-key hotel and community space, creating significant value for both the immediate neighborhood and greater region.
The developers engaged the neighborhood for their input on uses for the former church space, which include co-working space, neighborhood organization meetings, yoga, free movie screenings, art installations, and more.