United States Custom House receives National Preservation Honor Award

2 November 2012

The historic renovation of the United States Custom House was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in its 2012 Richard H. Driehaus awards.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

2 November 2012

The United States Custom House was recently recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its renovation and restoration following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The project has received one of fourteen National Preservation Honor Awards for 2012.

The United States Custom House has been a New Orleans landmark since 1848, when it was commissioned by the United States federal government. In August 2005, the Custom House weathered the storm of Hurricane Katrina but was severely damaged by water due to a collapsed roof. The historic 300,000 square foot National Historic Landmark was left vacant and in disrepair.

This disaster turned into an opportunity for a comprehensive rehabilitation and restoration of the building. As restoration work began, the project team uncovered unique architectural elements that had become hidden through insensitive building alterations over the past 150 years. These vaulted ceilings, skylights and original signage were restored and the historic fabric of the building was maintained, all while making the building more energy efficient.

The project was completed in November 2010, giving new life to the National Historic Landmark and the surrounding historic neighborhoods of New Orleans.

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