Southern Hotel Closer to Redevelopment
By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor
The Covington Historical District Commission recently approved the Wards’ plans for redeveloping the 105-year-old Southern Hotel. According to The Times-Picayune, state officials also have to approve project plans, as the property’s developers are seeking state and federal tax credits.
Located at 428 E. Boston St. in Covington, La., the property sits 45 miles north of New Orleans. Owners Lisa Condrey Wall, Joseph Wall and Ricky and Gayle Condrey purchased the 37,778-square-foot property in 2011 for $1.8 million with plans of restoring it to its original purpose.
According to press releases issued by the developers, Historic District Commissioner Shiloh Moates has declared: “The developers have gone above and beyond the requirements needed to access historic rehabilitation tax credits. The Southern Hotel will be an authentic representation of what guests experienced more than a century ago.” More than a century ago, what awaited guests was hot water, electric lights and carpeting, fine china, linens and attentive service – the epitome of luxury in 1907. And that is what its current owners plan to restore it to: a beautifully appointed full-service hotel with luxurious furnishings and quality service.
Scheduled to reopen in 2013, the Mission-style hotel will feature more than 40 guestrooms, banquet facilities including a 2,400-square-foot ballroom, a restaurant/bistro, a bar/lounge, a fitness facility, spa rooms with massage and facial services, a plunge pool, Wi-Fi access throughout the property, with the centerpiece of the estate being the lush courtyard and water features. The 2,480-square-foot restaurant will feature a separate street-side entrance and bistro-style setting, with the restaurant’s future owners applying personal touches.
New Orleans-based Trapolin-Peer Architects is in charge of design, which will preserve as much as possible of the historic architectural elements. Trapolin-Peer previously worked on such projects as the Audubon Hotel and 600 Julia St.
Photo credit: Southern Hotel’s Facebook page