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New Orleans, LA
Quarter Holdings, LLC
Historic Renovation and Restoration
Completed in 2020
Impetus / Rozas Ward Architects
A revival of the most complex kind.
Historic renovation is a delicate balancing act. It’s not just reconstruction with updated finishes or new wiring. It’s a revival of the most complex kind. At Impetus, we’re experts at navigating intricacy. That’s why Quarter Holdings, LLC sought Impetus’ expertise as the Design-Build contractor to lead the historic renovation and construction of 1016 Canal Street. This 100-year-old five-story mixed-use building was heavily fire-damaged and required meticulous attention to detail, along with a careful approach in a high-traffic area. As a burned and broken architectural ambassador nestled in this famous streetcar-lined urban center, the preservation and rebuilding of 1016 Canal Street meant reviving the building’s character while fortifying it—and the Canal Corridor—for decades to come.
Nearly destroyed by a six-alarm fire that partially melted the glass lamps on the streetcar tracks, the only remnant of 1016 Canal Street was the century-old Italianate facade and original brick siding—held up thanks to neighboring historic buildings. Working with Rozas Ward Architects and using Matterport scanning, our first step was stabilizing and fortifying the facade. Impetus worked with project engineer Batture to design and construct a supporting system that fortified the facade and tied it into the new steel framing on each floor, including additions of steel beams, support columns, tie plates, and flat steel bars installed in masonry. With the client’s national and state historic tax credits on the line, special care was taken to preserve the Canal St. exterior with accuracy. With our partnership-focused mindset, we worked with the HDLC to regularly review the facade’s revitalization work and make changes without shifting the overall timeline.