The restored May & Ellis façade gleams, with original flourishes, such as a cornice lined in decorative fleur de lis, repaired and freshly painted. As tenants began to occupy the building in October, life began to come back to that quiet part of Chartres Street. As more move in, and especially after the restaurant and café open — both of which will be operated by esteemed local purveyors, Hecht says — people will have reason to come to this block, and stay. May & Ellis French Quarter Apartment is adaptive reuse at its finest.
May & Ellis among winners of LouisianaLandmarks Society's historic preservation awards.
The renovation of the pair of French Quarter buildings that once housed a Hurwitz Mintz furniture store is nearly complete, and now the high-end apartments in the mixed-use development are available for lease.