US-based based company Trapolin-Peer Architects has completed the restoration of the cultural destination Sazerac House, located at Canal and Magazine Streets intersection in New Orleans.
The restoration project involved redeveloping two late 19th-century long-abandoned structures into a single unified complex.
The 51,987ft² six-storey complex was renovated using Historic Tax Credits, which finances the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
Trapolin-Peer Architects said: “Employing an archaeological approach to design, the project includes a mix of restoration, repurposed salvaged elements and complementary new interventions.”
The first three floors of the building feature retail, exhibit and demonstration distillery areas, which are designed as visitor-focused venues. The fourth-floor is dedicated to an event space.
The remaining two floors house offices for the owner Sazerac Company.
The first floor features a new three-stories-tall staircase with 2,000 Sazerac bottles displayed in a backlit glass-encased wall.
It also has a small-batch production plant for distilling Sazerac Whiskey.
Sazerac House also features two tasting rooms.
Trapolin-Peer Architects further added: “Sazerac House revitalises previously forgotten buildings and serves as a pioneering model for future investment and construction of mutual advantage for both the investor and the City of New Orleans.”
The project team includes RML Acoustics as an acoustical consultant, Holt Consultants as the construction project manager and Morphy Makofsky as a structural / civil engineer.
The other members are Rick Fifield, AIA as the Historic Tax Credit consultant, Gallagher & Associates as an exhibit designer and Ryan Gootee General as the contractor.