New redevelopment proposal for Loew’s Theatre up for review

Header image courtesy Matt Lambros at afterthefinalcurtain.net

The developers who want to turn the 92-year-old former Loew’s State Palace Theatre on Canal Street into a hotel have submitted a third proposal to the Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commission Architectural Review Committee. The new proposal will be considered at the committee meeting on Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 a.m. in the Homeland Security Conference Room on the 8th floor of City Hall, 1300 Perdido St.

This latest proposal would retain the interior theater space and the two-story Spanish Colonial facade by placing a pedestal hotel tower above it. The developers would need a height variance from the city as the 165-foot hotel would exceed the existing height limit of 120 feet. Please note, the renderings are meant to convey a massing strategy only. Actual design development and material selection will be worked out later with ongoing input from the Architecture Review Committee.

Two previous plans for redeveloping the historic Loew’s State Palace Theatre have been turned down by the CBDHDLC. The Preservation Resource Center spoke against both of those plans. The first proposal would have demolished the interior theater space while keeping the building’s façade and constructing a new nine-story addition. The second proposal would have preserved the interior theater as a lobby but replaced the two-story façade with a 160-foot tower, containing 248 rooms and fronting Canal Street.

 

Renderings courtesy Trapolin-Peer Architects

See more from the development proposal here.