NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Hotel is set to start a $2 million refurbishment of the terra cotta façades of the two 100-year-old buildings that make up the hotel.
New Orleans CityBusiness reports (http://bit.ly/1jDBMaU) contractors will use the original hand drawn blue prints of the structures and three-dimensional construction renderings.
The hotel is working with Pascal Architects of New Orleans to recreate and restore some of the ornate elements of the former Maison Blanche and S.H. Kress Co. department store buildings that have been lost or weathered over time. The hotel has occupied the two Canal Street buildings since 2000.
Ritz-Carlton spokesman Paul Loisel says work should be completed by mid-August. Contractors will soon begin installing scaffolding around the buildings. Hotel operations are not expected to be affected.
Information from: New Orleans CityBusiness, http://www.neworleanscitybusiness.com