Morphy Makofsky, Inc. provided the structural engineering for this unique restoration of the two existing historic buildings, dating back to the 1840’s. Located at the corner of Canal Street and Magazine Street, the site incorporates several historically significant buildings, originally used for storage and manufacturing.
The buildings were preserved by restoring the crumbling load bearing masonry walls, and replacing and restructuring the deteriorated wood framing. The programming requirements required additional floors to be added to provide the necessary office spaces on the upper floors. The first three floors will provide a visitor experience will encompass a gallery and museum showcasing New Orleans role in popularizing Bourbon and Rye Whiskey and cocktails in the United States.
One of the main exhibit features will be the three story tall Bottle wall. MMI designed the slim structural elements to make this one of a kind exhibit possible. The Monumental stair that snakes its way down through the center of the building was another design challenge presented to our office.
The use of innovative materials and restoration techniques allowed the architectural concepts to come to fruition.