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Chateau Sonesta Hotel

The D. H. Holmes Department store, on New Orleans’ famed Canal Street, was a long-cherished city landmark from the day it first opened in 1849. Over the years, the owners purchased additional buildings to expand their store operations, and the result ultimately led to a building with different structural systems, floor levels, window treatments, and many surprises.

Through the combined efforts of Broadmoor's design and construction teams in 1995, the former store ultimately became the 243-room Chateau Sonesta Hotel. The 230,000 square foot hotel features 12-foot ceilings in all guest rooms, several multi-purpose meeting rooms, and a full service restaurant and bar.

The building has National Park Service Historic Preservation Certification and had to be restored per agency guidelines. The main entrance of the hotel was designed with a welcoming porte-cochere and beautifully executed traditional brick work at the corner of the French Quarter’s Dauphine and Iberville Streets. Demolition of a turn-of-the-century load-bearing wall was required to build this area, with extensive shoring necessary during demolition. The building’s new façade design reflects the neighboring Iberville Street elevation, albeit a bit more contemporary in nature. The Iberville Street façade was restored with historical accuracy by Broadmoor, winning a commendation from the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

Two open-air patios and a third enclosed atrium were cut into the core of the building from the roof to the second level of the four-story building to bring natural light into the core of the hotel. This interior demolition required removal of 35 tandem truckloads of material from the dense, urban site each day. The resulting pool deck and cabana, garden areas, and garden atrium formed an isolated retreat in the center of the hotel and New Orleans’ bustling downtown.

Owner: Sonesta International

Architect: Broadmoor, LLC

Contract Amount: $18,535,000

Size: 230,000 square feet

Services: Design-Build Contractor


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