At the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, almost every corner of the rustic, minimalist space is Instagram-worthy. Industrial light fixtures hang from high, heavy-beamed ceilings, casting a warm glow on reclaimed lumber furniture, local art and geometric floor mosaics. Details like these are why the hotel has racked up serious accolades and press: Travel + Leisure magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and U.S. News all ranked it among New Orleans’ top hotels.
It’s a far cry from the hotel’s humble origins. Built in 1854, the brick building started out as a coffee warehouse adjacent to New Orleans’ bustling port center. It later was sold and made into a chandlery–a general store servicing ships, where everything from tallow and rope to lanterns and mops were available.
In 2014, the 167-room hotel underwent an extensive, $7 million renovation, during which its hotel rooms, lobby, restaurant and bar were lovingly upgraded with an eye toward the building’s history. That’s when we here at B&M Metal Doors and Frames enter the picture. The owners tapped us to install door plates–a small detail to some, but not to us.
“The tiniest details are what determine whether you succeed or fail, and the only way to master them is through a lifetime of devotion to this craft,” says Shawn Brown, general manager of B&M Metal Doors & Frames. “We’ve honed our skills since 1984, and the Old No. 77 hotel project represented both a challenge and an opportunity to showcase our custom work.”
Brown opted for Do-Jo steel plates with an oil-rubbed bronze finish. The result melds seamlessly with the hotel’s urban-upscale vibe.
“We couldn’t be happier with the final result,” says John Price, General Manager at the Old No. 77 Hotel. “The door plates are both durable and aesthetically pleasing–exactly what we look for in functional hotel decor.”
And as for us, we were honored to be in such good company when it came to craftsmanship. The hotel’s renovation is a work of art. Thank you, Old No. 77 Hotel, for trusting us to be part of your vision. We look forward to serving you now and in the future.
Got a project that could benefit from our craftsmen’s expertise? Drop us a line or call (504) 465-9570. We’d love to hear from you.