Palmisano’s largest project to-date officially opened on Friday, December 6th. Dubbed “America’s first Museum Hotel” by Forbes, the Higgins Hotel and Conference Center features 230-rooms, 18,000-SF of meeting space, a business center, lobby bar, rooftop bar, concierge lounge, administrative offices, restaurant with private dining option, and a 1,200-square-foot fitness center.
This 177,334-square-foot space was completed in partnership with architecture firm, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, and interior designer, Kay Lang and Associates, whose design was inspired by World War II era Art Deco elements.
The hotel’s name reflects the contributions of Andrew Higgins, who designed and built more than 20,000 boats in New Orleans used in World War II. The space, which features historic elements such as General Patton’s piano, pays homage to the many veterans who fought to defend our country’s freedom, including Wesley J. Palmisano’s grandfather, who founded W.J. Palmisano Contractors in 1950 following his return from World War II.