Built in 1968 to celebrate New Orleans’ 250th anniversary, gutted and mostly abandoned post-Hurricane Katrina, eyed by Donald Trump as a potential hotel tower, and ultimately claimed by the Four Seasons brand, the former World Trade Center (2 Canal Street) is now being renovated and converted into a grand residential hotel.
Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences celebrated its groundbreaking earlier this month. Its 341 rooms and 90 condos will occupy the iconic 33-story skyscraper designed by Modernist architect Edward Durell Stone, whose other works include New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Museum of Modern Art.
The $460 million project features two restaurants, including one with views of the property’s 7,500-square-foot landscaped gardens. There also will be 20,000 square feet of meeting space, a golf simulator room, fitness center and spa, and an outdoor 75-foot swimming pool and hot tub.
Floors 19 and up are devoted to condos. Residents will have access to the full slate of luxury hotel services, including room service, housekeeping, a grocery shopping service, and valet parking. That elevation makes them the highest residences in New Orleans—were he alive today, former Louisiana governor Huey P. Long would surely secure a penthouse there.
Construction will be complete in early 2020; condos go on sale later this year.