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This Historic NOLA Orphanage Is Undergoing A Swanky Hotel Makeover

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This Historic NOLA Orphanage Is Undergoing A Swanky Hotel Makeover

A $22.5M restoration is taking over this former Magazine Street orphanage.

A nearly 150-year-old former orphanage is turning into a 74-room boutique hotel in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. In 1861, the St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum was constructed on Magazine Street and was able to offer shelter and education.

Now in 2021, there are major works taking place to transform the historic site into one of the many boutique hotels calling New Orleans home. The hotel will be called the Hotel St. Vincent.

Tenants at the former orphanage

The restoration has called for gutting, renovating and converting the five historically designated buildings at the property, in order to create a 71,500-sq-ft luxury hotel. When complete, the St. Vincent will have two restaurants, double the amount of bars, and a landscaped courtyard with a cabana, swimming pool and onsite parking.

The buildings date back to the late 1800s, when they housed the St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum. There’s so much historic significance which is about to transform into a modern retelling of this Garden District gem.

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Beloved New Orleans historical figure  Margaret Gaffney worked at the orphanage. She was a philanthropist known as “the mother of the orphans”, and is honored in stone, with her monument on Clio St.

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The hotel is set to open this month after several drawbacks due to the ongoing pandemic. We’ll make sure to keep you all posted as the news and information comes, here at Secret New Orleans!