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Once an eyesore, this 160-year-old cotton building in the CBD now houses luxury apartments

A two-year renovation project transformed the three-building complex into one cohesive, 16-unit apartment complex.

Photos courtesy 419 Carondolet

Built in 1859 by Francois Dupuy, a real estate developer, investor, and the fifth wealthiest free man of color at the time, this structure on Carondelet Street has a rich history. It cost $25,000 and served as cotton sampling building when it was built. Later, it became a machinery shop, and by 1908 it was a printing service.

In 1929, the four-story brick complex underwent its first renovation, which added a copper window storefront and an Art Deco flavor, among other elements. Unfortunately, it fell into disrepair.

When developer Beau Baudier and architect Scott Welty inspected the building, they encountered rot, mold, and an unsalvageable brick structure in the rear.

“I remember thinking, ‘These are really prime buildings in the middle of downtown, but they are terrible looking,’” Baudier said in a press release.

A two-year renovation project transformed the three-building complex into one cohesive, 16-unit apartment complex. The architect harnessed the latest technology (laser scanning technology, in-field construction adjustments) and an eye toward preservation to create a luxury apartment complex that celebrates its past and its future.

“We paid a lot of attention to the details,” said Baudier. “It’s worth it.”

Brick from the demolished portion was used for repairs to the exterior, and reclaimed wood floor joists became part of the stair treads and flooring. The original upper-level windows remain in place.

This weathered patina serves as a counterpoint to the apartments’ modern interiors, which feature heart of pine floors, as well as concrete floors with brass inlays. Highlights include tile backsplashes, quartz countertops, and fixtures from Restoration Hardware.

There are two three-story townhomes, each with its own private balcony. The remaining one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments share a courtyard with a saltwater pool and an outdoor kitchen. There’s also a gym on site.

Rent starts at $2,200 for a 790-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment and includes gas, water and sewerage bills. Dogs and cats are allowed; a paid parking lot is adjacent.

Via: Rachel Harris of 3090 Marketing