Restoration of and addition to a historic c1816 structure in the French Quarter for use as a history museum and galleries.
What does it mean to build in the Vieux Carré? New
Orleans’ French Quarter—the first designated historic
district in the United States—is a three-century-old
palimpsest of constant revision, still vibrant and alive.
Timelessness here is not a quality but a conversation
between the old and future old, a dialogue between
elemental materials and the marks of climate and time.
The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), the
Gulf South’s premier historical research institution,
posed this question to Waggonner & Ball Architecture/
Environment—what does it mean to build here and
now?—and commissioned the firm to help bring to life a
vision for its expanded role in the local community and
The Seignouret-Brulatour House restoration and
Tricentennial Wing gallery addition have been over a
decade in the making. The project comprises a restored
1816 French Creole house and iconic courtyard and a new
gallery wing with a modern face in the heart of the block.
It is the first building to be LEED certified in the district
and among the oldest certified buildings in the U.S. The
complex is home to a permanent French Quarter history
exhibit, welcome center, gift shop, café, offices, and
galleries for large format exhibits. Admission is free, and
the facility has become an indispensable French Quarter
experience for tourists and locals alike.
Waggonner & Ball led the project from the outset, from
feasibility studies through construction, shepherding the building through extensive analysis and documentation, historical research and archaeology, all phases of design, and the stringent historic review process. Already a venerable regional institution, the project has elevated THNOC’s role as a leading advocate for New Orleans’ built and cultural heritage, with visitor admission doubling in the year since the building opened. In a time of environmental and cultural change, The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new building stands to help define, and redefine, our region’s history and values for generations of future inhabitants.
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Louisiana Landmarks Society Excellence in Historic Preservation Award