These Walls: Chateau LeMoyne hotel moves into modern era

Posted on: January 29 2016

By: CityBusiness staff reports

Project description: An eight-month-long renovation of Chateau LeMoyne-French Quarter, a Holiday Inn hotel at the corner of Dauphine and Bienville Streets.

Address: 301 Dauphine St.

Architect: Richard Choate, SCNZ

Contractor: Concept Contractors, Inc.

Space: 101,811 square feet

Renovation cost: Not disclosed

Construction start: May 2015

Completion date: January

Built in 1847, the structure now known as the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel is named for the founder of New Orleans, Jean Baptiste LeMoyne. It was designed by famed architect James Gallier, who also designed Gallier Hall, St. Patrick’s Church and the Pontalba buildings at Jackson Square.

Chateau LeMoyne was originally three townhouses that cost $24,000 to build, according to Leslie Minton, the hotel’s general manager. A fourth location, built in 1867, was a private home.

As the years went by, Chateau LeMoyne transformed into the D. Mercier & Sons Clothing store until 1935. The building was later used as a parking garage before it became a hotel.

In its most recent renovation, completed this month, architects had to replace all the windows and doors while making them historically accurate.

“Everything, we had to literally hand make of cypress beam wood,” Minton said.

They also introduced French Industrial updates to the hotel’s 171 guest rooms. The lobby, event space and the exterior pool and courtyard area also received a makeover.

The hotel’s owners worked with Dallas-based design firm Flick Mars to complete the interior. The leather, green and gold accents combined with furnishings modernized the hotel while the original exposed brick walls, Edison light bulbs, natural wood and vintage artwork sustain the historic ambiance.

Unique local touches such as wooden Mint Julep art installations are in many of the guest rooms.