This 11-story building became New Orleans' first skyscraper when it was completed in 1895. It remained the city's tallest building until 1904. The building still features dozens of projecting bay windows topped by cast iron balconies and bas-relief sculptures of eagles and pelicans. The skyscraper, originally built for commercial use, has been re-purposed as luxury apartments. Once among New Orleans' largest hotels, the building now houses the Maritme condos. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
skyscraper was built by architect Thomas Sully, one of the most-influential architects in Louisiana during the late 19th century. Originally built at ten stories high and 150 feet, the Maritime (formerly known as the Hennen Building) soared high above all other structures in New Orleans when it was completed in 1895. One of the original key features of the Hennen Building was the rooftop garden. 1 New Orleans' sandy soil provided a significant challenge for constructing skyscrapers.
Before its construction, Sully traveled to Chicago to see how that city’s architects utilized pilings, sunk below grade, to support tall buildings. In 1922, architect Emile Weil was commissioned to extend the Hennen by two bays along Carondelet Street. He added [an 11th] floor, thereby eliminating Sully’s roof garden, and also removed some of the ornament on the building’s first two floors. 2