The latest in a progression of successful adaptive reuses of historic buildings in New Orleans, Palmisano’s Seaworthy project turned an 1830’s row house into a modern restaurant space while preserving the architectural integrity of the structure. The Domain Companies turned to Palmisano for this project following other historic renovation collaborations in New Orleans such as the ACE Hotel, The Addison, and the Contemporary Arts Center Workspace.
The site at 630 Carondelet Street is composed of two structures; a three-story row house, and a two-story service wing. The transformation of the spaces into a quality dining venue posed design challenges based on the necessity of accommodating equipment, and meeting modern building codes. The main building ground floor boasts a full-length bar with custom millwork and wall mounted vintage slate sinks to focalize market-fresh oysters. Additionally, the courtyard space was restored and provides outdoor dining and seating.
When this project started, no one knew who the tenant would eventually be. Palmisano stepped in as the Design Builder and helped the owner through an evolving and expanding design in order to create the final product. Working with an interior design and restaurant team from New York, Palmisano had to use technology creatively in order to collaborate on the issues that arose from this complicated historic renovation, ensuring both aesthetics and functionality were maintained.
“Palmisano Contractors rose to the occasion in impressive fashion with excellent planning, construction management, responsiveness, flexibility, and patience. They also demonstrated a sincere investment in the end result.”
– Chris Papamichael, Principle, Domain Companies
Associated Builders and Contractors
A 180-year-old building was preserved in the name of bringing a diverse selection of oysters from around the continent to New Orleans, one of the oyster capitals of the world.