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2 0 19 G O L D K E Y AWA R D S

BEST HOTEL MIDSCALE
WINNER

THE ELIZA JANE, THE UNBOUND COLLECTION BY HYATT
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

THE DESIGN FIRM: Stonehill Taylor, New York
THE MUSE: The anthology of seven historic
warehouses, each with its own unique story-
conjoined internally yet standing distinct externally. Designs reference each original occupant:
the Gulf Baking Soda company; Peters Cartridge
shop; Peychaud Bitters factory and The Daily Picayune newspaper, whose backstory inspired the
property's name. Eliza Jane Nicholson was the
publisher in the late 1800s and the first woman
publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper
in the United States. Sourced antiques, books
and typewriters among other accessories fill the
shelves as nods to this icon of journalism in The
Press Room lobby lounge.

THE MAVERICK MOVE: Talk about a history
lesson: Couvant is housed within the original
bitters factory that manufactured famed Peychaud
Cocktail Bitters. Engaging touches can be seen in
the black-and-white tiled floor in the front lounge
and the bar-style seating lining the windows
looking out onto Magazine Street. A 300-sq.-ft. bar
made up of oak and repurposed newel posts actually rounds the corner into the main dining area,
connecting the two spaces.
THE MESSAGE: Leave time for a respite. With so
many corners to explore, guestroom design needed
to have cohesive elements with the public spaces
but also offer a more calming atmosphere with
warm exposed brick and ceiling beams, and softer
aesthetics and textures.
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SOURCES
OWNER: Rockbridge, Columbus, Ohio; HRI Properties, New Orleans; OPERATOR: HRI Lodging, New Orleans; DESIGN FIRM: Stonehill Taylor, New York:
Michael Suomi, (former) principal; Sherry Dennis, senior interiors associate; Bethany Gale, interiors associate; Tory Knoph, senior interior designer; Rena Ok,
Marinda Thomas, interior designers; ARCHITECT: HCI Construction; PURCHASING FIRM: Benjamin West, Louisville, Colorado; GENERAL CONTRACTOR:
Palmisano, New Orleans; DESIGN CONSULTANTS: Pontchartrain Partners, New Orleans (civil engineer); Mullin, St. Rose, Louisiana (landscape design);
Studio E Lighting, Dallas (lighting); Custom Cabinet Specialties, Harahan, Louisiana (cabinetry); Forstall Interiorscapes, New Orleans (indoor interior planting);
Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans (public space art consultant); ART & ACCESSORIES: Indie Walls; BATH & SPA: Kohler; FABRICS: Demar Leather; Designtex;
Mayer; Pallas; P/Kauffman; Valley Forge Fabrics; FLOORCOVERINGS: Daltile; Havwood; Scoffield; Shaw; Tailor-Made Textiles; FURNITURE: Amtrend; Bryan
Ashley; Cisco Brothers; Global Allies; ISA; Made Goods; Prince Seating; RH Contract; Royal Customs; Shawn Austin; Studio Tag; Stellarworks; Woodard;
LIGHTING: Circa; Feiss; Rejuvenation; Restoration Hardware (retail); Trinity Lighting; WALLCOVERINGS: IndieWalls; Tri-Kes

COURTESY OF THE ELIZ A JANE

THE MAGIC: "Since this site is made up of
different buildings, there were many quirky configurations and spaces that needed to be activated,"
says Michael Suomi, former principal, Stonehill
Taylor. (Suomi recently founded Suomi Design
Works where he serves as president.) Small arched
passageways join the restaurant, Couvant, and
hotel through an interior courtyard that references
the Spanish architecture in New Orleans. Original
brick walls and overgrown foliage surround a blackand-white patterned, cement-tiled fountain with
a Venus-inspired sculpture by local artist Brent
Barnidge. The cherry on top is a neon sign above
it that reads "Bisous" [Kisses]-"reflective of New
Orleans' playful sensibility," Suomi says.


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