Kate Buska, Public Relations Director
Tess Burick, PR & Marketing Manager
An unconventionally historic hotel housed in the Warehouse Arts District
NEW ORLEANS, LA. -- Opened on June 1, 2015, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is the latest incarnation of a building that began its life in 1854 as a warehouse serving the Port of New Orleans. Built in the heart of New Orleans' bustling port district just steps from the French Quarter, it served as a coffee warehouse before being purchased by E.J. Hart & Company who operated a chandlery, or general wholesale business, trading in everything sailing ships needed to stock their voyages - from canvas and rope to paper, tobacco and patent medicines. Today, the 167 room hotel draws inspiration from the building's provisionary roots with a raw, thoughtful design, evocative art and rooted partnerships that nod to the hotel's deep-seated history in New Orleans.
Design Rooted in History
Prior to the turn of the 20th century when New Orleans renumbered its street addresses, the building's address was 77 Tchoupitoulas Street. In a nod to this heritage, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery takes its name from this original address and celebrates its humble origins in New Orleans' bustling port district.
As travelers enter into the lobby, guests encounter original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls that subtly remind visitors of the former warehouse's industrial past. The open design blurs the lines between the hotel's bustling on-site restaurant and the lobby with a stone countertop that winds from the restaurant bar to the front desk. Serving double duty as a coffee bar and a check-in counter, guests can savor coffee and pastries at a custom-made communal table designed with brass lids that unveil USB chargers and outlets for plugged-in travelers. Above the table, lights modeled after old coffee grinders with burlap diffusers beneath the shade shed a warm light throughout the space.
Exposed brick walls continue throughout the hotel's public space into the guestrooms where white walls are punctuated with pops of color on painted ceilings and original pipes. Subdued fabrics, custom textiles and modern furnishings reinforce the hotel's light, airy design while nodding to its rustic warehouse architecture.
A Love of Local Art
In crafting the hotel's deeply integrated art story, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery partnered with New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), the city's foremost innovative and iconic arts education institution, to curate a travel and art experience that is rooted in the real culture of New Orleans. Serving as a NOCCA outpost in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District, the lobby is home to a gallery with rotating art curated by NOCCA featuring works by the school's students, faculty and alumni. In the guestrooms, travelers will find works by six students from NOCCA's upper level visual arts programs that were selected to be reproduced and displayed in the hotel. In addition to visual art, all guestrooms feature copies of UMBRA, an annual publication created by NOCCA's creative writing students. From poetry to fiction to essays, the writing in UMBRA is filled with the diverse perspectives of NOCCA's students.
In celebration of the local makers and artisans that are brimming in New Orleans, the hotel's lobby art gallery does double duty as a Chandlery stocked with items from our very favorite local and regional creators of t-shirts, art, jewelry, fragrances, candles, and soaps.
A continuation of the hotel's love for local art, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery found kindred spirits in Where Y'Art, curators that showcase the works of over 100 New Orleans artists, painters, sculptors, craftsmen and jewelry designers in their online gallery and dozens more in a brick and mortar space on Royal Street, in the Marigny. Where Y'Art signed on to bring their artistic perspective to the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery by curating a space on property where guests and visitors can experience an extension of the interactive exhibitions on display at the main gallery on Royal Street.
Reimagining Flavors of the Gulf
Shedding a new light on dining in the Warehouse Arts District, Compère Lapin, helmed by Chef Nina Compton, accentuates the beautiful and indigenous ingredients of the Gulf while melding the flavors of Compton's Caribbean upbringing with her love of French and Italian Cuisine.
Compère Lapin [pronounced kom-pare la-pan and translated to "brother rabbit"] draws inspiration from Compton's childhood in St. Lucia where she read traditional Caribbean folktales featuring a mischievous rabbit named Compère Lapin. Embracing the story's themes of exploration and play, the restaurant features an inventive menu that celebrates Compton's roots and the unparalleled flavors of New Orleans.
Influenced by the building's charming history as a warehouse serving the Port of New Orleans, James Beard Award Finalist Parts and Labor Design Company has retained the original warehouse architecture, while adding elements of classic French décor and a modern, bohemian flair. The 86 seat indoor-outdoor eatery evokes a relaxed, unpretentious vibe combining materials and textures ranging from warm caramel leathers and honey oak to tan tweed, cool bohemian blues and English greens. Original floor-to-ceiling wood and glass French doors along Tchoupitoulas Street open to outdoor seating and illuminate the space with natural light. An impressive 80-foot cocktail/raw bar will provide open views into the kitchen where guests can take in the action. Walnut and brass blown glass light fixtures complete the look and set the mood.
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About The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
Located in the Warehouse Arts District - just three blocks from the French Quarter and a short stroll from the Convention Center - the 167-room Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery features art from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and Where Y'art; a Chandlery retail space featuring items from New Orleans makers; award-winning cuisine from Chef Nina Compton at Compere Lapin and Tout La; free Wi-Fi; and Provenance Hotels' signature Pillow and Spiritual menus. The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery can be found online at www.old77hotel.com.
About Provenance Hotels
Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Provenance Hotels develops award-winning urban boutique hotels with a distinct and deeply integrated art story. The portfolio includes Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia and Sentinel in Portland, Hotel Max in Seattle, Hotel Murano in Tacoma, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans, and Hotel Preston in Nashville. Provenance Hotels will open Hotel Theodore in Seattle in fall 2016. The company can be found online at www.provenancehotels.com.