Bywater Art Lofts
A former garment factory in the Bywater neighborhood was converted by the team at Woodward Design+Build into 37 affordable apartments and marketed to working artists of all disciplines. The interior of the building was completely gutted and built back to new floor plans consisting of 31 one bedroom apartments, 6 two bedroom apartments, a leasing office and a community area. The building was designed to incorporate an industrial element, as illustrated by the apartment’s exposed ceilings and ductwork, sealed concrete floors and brick walls. The conditioned community area, located in the center of the building, was designed as a place for artists to work and to display their art. It, too, incorporated the structure of the building to provide the unique look of the project.
The historic restoration of this project was carefully monitored by the National Park Service. The exterior restoration included reuse and replacement of steel windows to match the existing steel windows on the building, restoration of the brick and metal facades, installation of new apartment storefront within existing openings and new landscaping. New sidewalks and parking lots were installed to accommodate the tenants. The unique feature of the parking lots was the inclusion of salvaged fans from the old warehouse into the new CMU fence surrounding the lots.
The project was awarded a Louisiana Landmark Society 2014 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, and a South Central Construction Best of 2009 Award of Merit in Architecture and the Award for Best Renovation.
CategoryHistoric Restoration Projects
Multi-Family Housing Construction
Size40,000 Square Feet
LocationNew Orleans, LA
In the News
- 3 Projects Receive Historic Restoration Awards
14 Apr 2014
- Woodward Projects Earn Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation
19 Feb 2014
- Affordable apartment complexes, tailored for artists, are blossoming in New Orleans
5 Jun 2011
- Bywater Art Lofts II is Underway
9 May 2011
- Bywater Arts Lofts Offers “Inspired” Living
20 May 2009