Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans
|Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans|
The vacant structure, seen from the Mississippi River, 2015
|Location||2 Canal Street|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Roof||407 feet (124 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Edward Durell Stone|
The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans is a historic 33-story, 407 feet (124 m)-tall skyscraper designed by noted architect Edward Durell Stone, located at 2 Canal Street in the Central Business District of New Orleans. It was formerly known as the "ITM Building", i.e., the International Trade Mart, it was also known as the World Trade Center New Orleans, and housed numerous foreign consulates and the headquarters for the Port of New Orleans.
The top floor hosted a cocktail lounge called "Top of the Mart" from the 1970s through 2001. The bar slowly rotated once per hour. After this, a bar called "360" (as in degrees) opened in its place, which remained until Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The World Trade Center closed in June 2011 and the building was purchased by the city of New Orleans.
In the years following the closure, various plans emerged. The “Save WTC NOLA” group campaigned for renovation rather than demolition, while others campaigned to have the building demolished and have a park and landmark to the city built in its place.
In 2018, work began to convert the structure to a Four Seasons Hotel, with 341 hotel rooms and 92 hotel-serviced condos on the top floors of the building. The conversion is projected to cost $450 million and will be completed in late 2020. In January 2021, its penthouse was sold for just under $13 million.
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