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200 Carondelet Apartments (National American Bank)

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1928–1929, Moise Goldstein. 200 Carondelet St.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

Erected for the Bankers Trust Company, the twenty-three-story, steel-frame building is constructed of concrete and hollow tile. A polished black granite base gives way to a cream-colored limestone skin, interrupted at four levels by shallow setbacks. At each setback, the parapets are emphasized by geometric sculptured panels of cast concrete. A six-story, off-center octagonal tower with fluted buttresses screens a water tower and is topped by an elaborate finned bronze lantern. Goldstein described his design as an “American vertical style” with a “science fiction theme”; it was clearly influenced by contemporary Art Deco skyscrapers in New York City. In a renovation of the 1980s, the double hung windows were replaced by smooth sheets of bronze-tinted reflective glass that upset the balance of solid and void. Interior finishes are sumptuous, mixing traditional with modern. A tall, rather severe entrance leads to a marble-clad lobby, whose bronze elevator doors are decorated with stylized plant designs, and a vast columned banking hall with walnut paneling and an elaborate plaster ceiling. Check-writing stations with bronze grilles cover the steam radiators. The original air-conditioning system of 1929, perhaps the earliest in the state, is still operable.

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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas
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  • 1928

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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "200 Carondelet Apartments (National American Bank)", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/LA-02-OR105.

Print Source

buildings of new orleans book

Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 131-132.

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