First Bank and Trust Tower

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First Bank and Trust Tower
First Bank and Trust Tower seen from Loyola Avenue at Poydras
General information
Type Office, Retail
Location New Orleans, United States
Coordinates 29°57′02″N 90°04′26″W / 29.95056°N 90.07389°W / 29.95056; -90.07389Coordinates: 29°57′02″N 90°04′26″W / 29.95056°N 90.07389°W / 29.95056; -90.07389
Completed 1987
Antenna spire N/A
Roof 481 feet (147 m)
Technical details
Floor count 36
Floor area Office: 544,998 square feet (50,632 m2)[1]
Lifts/elevators 15
Design and construction
Architect Welton Becket & Associates

The First Bank and Trust Tower (also known as the First Bank Tower and previously known as the LL&E Tower and 909 Poydras Tower), located at 909 Poydras Street in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 36-story, 481 feet (147 m)-tall skyscraper designed in the post-modern style by Welton Becket & Associates and developed by Joseph C. Canizaro. It is the fifth tallest building in both the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Floors 2-8 are parking levels, and 10-36 hold office space. Hertz Investment Group is the current owner, having acquired the building in 2005. The current name comes from the New Orleans area bank First Bank and Trust,[3] the previous name comes from the Louisiana Land & Exploration Company.

The exterior of the building is clad in granite and bronze tinted glass. The building is illuminated by spotlights at night, making it one of the most visible buildings in New Orleans' night time skyline. The 7 levels of parking are accessed from O'Keefe Avenue. In front of the main entrance on Poydras Street are a pair of bronze sculptures by Enrique Alférez depicting David and a lute player.

The building suffered some damage during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, including blown out windows and roof damage. The building reopened to tenants in late 2005.


909 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112-4000

The First Bank and Trust Tower is bounded by the following streets:

  • Poydras Street (south)
  • O'Keefe Avenue (west)
  • Perdido Street (north)
  • Penn Street (east)

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