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NOAF Building Tour: NOPSI Hotel

  • NOPSI Hotel 317 Baronne Street New Orleans, LA, 70112 United States (map)

Join us for an exclusive tour of the newly opened NOPSI Hotel in the CBD! The tour will be lead by Project Architects from Woodward Design+Build. Once home to the New Orleans Public Service, Inc., the NOPSI has been reborn as the newest luxury hotel in New Orleans. 

Registrants will hear from the architecture design team, Woodward Design+Build, as well as get access to the newly finished event spaces, rooms and bars. The event is $20 for "Friends of NOAF", $25 for general tickets and is open to the public. Only 24 spots are available. Registration is required and includes a complimentary cocktail at the hotel bar, sponsored by Woodward Design+Build!

"On November 5, 1927, NOPSI moved to its new headquarters at 317 Baronne Street. The first floor was dedicated to the departments most visited by the public, including the contract and application department, teller's cages, paymasters' department and the retail sales department. The first floor included elaborate show windows with not only reflectors at the top and bottom, but also strip lights, border lights, spot lights and disappearing footlights, all the outlets being wired for three different colors and all being connected through and controlled by a bank of dimmers." - The Times Picayune, November 9, 1927

New Orleans Public Service Inc., colloquially known as NOPSI, ran the city's electric, gas systems and public transit systems through the 1980s. NOPSI later became Entergy New Orleans and moved out of the building at 317 Baronne St., though manhole covers throughout the city still bear the old acronym. The building -- declared a historic landmark in 2011 -- was widely considered one of the last remaining large downtown redevelopment sites.

After years of abandonment, the building reopened as the NOPSI Hotel, a 217 room luxury hotel situated in the heart of the Central Business District. Architecturally unique and industrially elegant, NOPSI Hotel features 81 suites, 14,000 square feet of gathering space and an upscale, modern dining experience in its main restaurant, “Public Service.”