The Higgins Hotel and Conference Center, the latest building on the National World War II Museum’s downtown New Orleans campus, will open at corner of Magazine Street and Andrew Higgins Boulevard in 2019. The new eight-story, 230-room hotel will include more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a new full-service restaurant and a rooftop bar.
Museum leaders gathered inside the Kushner Restoration Pavilion with about 100 elected officials, civic leaders and museum patrons Friday (Dec. 8) to break ground on the $66.5 million project, which will go up on an adjacent site. Freezing rain fell as leaders debuted the project, derailing plans for a traditional first dig outside and preventing a few honored guests from arriving. Inside, however, spirits were high.
… “We think it’s fitting and appropriate to have this project bear his name,” Watson said.
Renderings shared Friday revealed an art deco design inspired by war-era architecture. Plans call for 230 rooms on six of the building’s floors, including eight one-bedroom suites and three VIP suites, and ground-floor amenities, including the Kilroy Bar and Cafe Normandie, a full-service restaurant. The conference space will be concentrated on the second floor and include a boardroom and five meeting rooms.
Once complete, the hotel will operate under the Curio Collection by Hilton, one of the hotelier’s boutique brands. The property will be the first Curio Collection hotel in Louisiana.
… Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates of Coral Gables, Florida, designed the building, and Key Lang + Associates of Los Angeles designed the interiors. Palmisano Construction, the local company that has worked on The Ace Hotel and Fulton Alley on Fulton Street, will oversee the build.