Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

Four Seasons NOLA Design - CambridgeSeven

Revitalizing a once-bustling riverfront location through the adaptive reuse of a historic modernist building into a luxury property that celebrates New Orleans’ rich cultural history.

Four Seasons New Orleans Architecture - CambridgeSeven
Four Seasons New Orleans Architecture - CambridgeSeven

The Project

New Orleans’ World Trade Center, a National Register Historic building that once served as the headquarters for the trade organization, sat unused for years, despite its prime location and modernist history. The City chose developers Carpenter & Company and Woodward Interests for the historic redevelopment of the dilapidated property into a destination luxury property with a revitalized Mississippi riverfront featuring new public attractions.

Four Seasons NOLA Design
Four Seasons NOLA Design
Four Seasons NOLA Design
Four Seasons NOLA Design

The Approach

A distinguishing element of the original building is the louvered façade. While this made sense in its original use, that feature now obstructs views. The louvered panels are being removed and restored in keeping with national and local historic guidelines, and will remain a distinguishing element of the lower levels. In order to meet the programmatic needs of the hotel and residences, a new podium at street level has been integrated into the historic tower. Its form was derived from a desire to strengthen urban connections, create urban-scale outdoor rooms and was inspired by the arc of the Mississippi in this part of The Crescent City.

The Result

The new design transforms the obsolete office building using opulent five-star finishes and amenities. However, more than just a new luxury building, a cornerstone of the development features public attractions including roof-top cupola transformed into a cultural celebration of Louisiana’s heritage, a panoramic observation deck, extensive landscaped paths and gardens, outdoor dining venues and a new ferry terminal.

hotel space


residential space


luxury guest rooms


condominium units


stories tall


observation deck

34th floor

This project should make the people of New Orleans proud as it returns this unmistakable part of our skyline back into commerce. 2 Canal Street will once again be a world-class space for a world-class city.

Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor, New Orleans

2022 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Louisiana Landmarks Society

2022 Global Project Award

International Hotel & Property Awards

2022 Best Renovation/Restoration Project

ENR Texas & Louisiana

Team Leaders

In The News

Four Seasons New Orleans

The Architect's Newspaper - June 22,2021

Edward Durell Stone’s Only New Orleans Tower Gets a New Lease on Life

CambridgeSeven's dramatic renovation of this historic New Orleans tower is about to be unveiled.

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RobbReport01 Four Seasons New Orleans - CambridgeSeven

Robb Report - August 17, 2021

First Look: Inside Four Seasons’s First-Ever Hotel in New Orleans

The Robb Report got the first glimpse into NOLA's newest luxury hotel - The Four Seasons designed by CambridgeSeven

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ENR Texas and Louisiana - March 30, 2020

Four Seasons Project Defies Hurdles, Decades of Delays

An in-depth discussion of the design and engineering challenges overcome by the project team in transforming this unlikely former office building into the luxury Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences on the New Orleans riverfront.

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