The Maritime Building Receives the Tony Goldman Award

4 November 2013

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized the Maritime Building with the Tony Goldman Award, calling attention to the outstanding restoration of New Orleans’ first skyscraper into modern apartments.

The Maritime in New Orleans to Receive Tony Goldman Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation

25 October 2013

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation will present its first ever Tony Goldman Award for the restoration of The Maritime in New Orleans. The project will receive this award by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference held in Indianapolis, Ind.

Built in 1893 as the Hennen Building, the Maritime is recognized as New Orleans’ first skyscraper. The building had been underutilized for years, until developer Marcel Wisznia led a team of architects to rehabilitate it. Wisznia’s approach was to balance architectural creativity with business efficiency. He created modern spaces and restored the historic elements that have always made the building unique.

The $35.6 million project utilized innovative financing with a mix of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loans, State and Federal Historic Tax Credits, and New Markets tax credits. Today, the Maritime is a mixed-use building with ground-floor commercial space, second-floor office space and 105 apartments on the upper floors. These new apartments help to replenish the supply of quality rental housing that dwindled after Hurricane Katrina, revitalizing the neighborhood with vibrant, art-filled spaces.

“While each is unique, this year’s outstanding award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Whether it’s the spectacular restoration of an iconic public library in St. Louis or the transformation of a warehouse into housing for previously homeless residents in Detroit, this year’s award winners demonstrate how saving places bolsters local economies and creates jobs in communities across the country.”

This award will be presented to Wisznia Architecture and Development at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind., on November 1, 2013.

Co-recipients are: Chevron Oil Company; Dougherty Mortgage; Elkins, PLC; MacRostie Historic Advisors; Rosenburg & Clark; Tax Credit Capital; U.S. Bank; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Whitney National Bank; and Woodward Design Build.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizens’ attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at


Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Richard Moe, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation: Presidio Public Health Service District, San Francisco, Calif.

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation: Alison King, Phoenix, Ariz.

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Don Worth – Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Fl.

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Riverside Plaza, Minneapolis, Minn.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: Cleveland Restoration Society, Cleveland, Ohio.

The Tony Goldman Award: The Maritime, New Orleans, LA.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM.


African Meeting House, Boston Massachusetts

Boyle Hotel, Los Angeles, California

Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Kelly Cullen Community, San Francisco, California

NSO Bell Building, Detroit, Michigan

Ogden High School, Ogden, Utah

St. Augustine Mission, Los Lunas, New Mexico

St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri

Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, Iowa

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