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May & Ellis Luxury Apartments

Size of Project

40,000 SF

Number of Units



New Orleans, LA


Formwork Development and Quiwa Holdings


Historic, Housing


Historic Renovation


Completed in 2016


Trapolin Peer Architects


Elegant living in a building steeped in history.

When it comes to complex historic renovations, especially in the French Quarter, Impetus is a superhero.  We have hard lessons learned working in such restricted and fragile spaces.  When Formwork Development and Quiwa Holdings needed a Design Assist contractor for the transformation of two historic French Quarter buildings—one three-story and one five-story—into 25 luxury apartment rentals located on Chartres Street, Impetus’ experience was the beacon light . The buildings were last used as Hurwitz Mintz furniture stores before being vacant for more than a decade. The renovation breathed new life into these elegant buildings.

Designed by Trapolin-Peer and completed in 2016, the renovation of this 40,000 SF space included cutting a light well into each building, adding two white-box retail spaces on the ground floor, rooftop expansions to one apartment, creating a variety of residential accessory spaces, and the build-out of a rooftop deck and amenity area for guests.