Thursday, March 26, 2009
New Orleans architect Thomas Sully (1855-1939) designed the Hennen Building located at 203-11 Carondelet/800 Common Street in 1893. The eleven-story structure is frequently cited as the Crescent City's earliest skyscraper. Sully had his offices on the top floor, in Number 1103. Other architects whose offices were located in the building included the Williams Brothers, Burton & Fraenkel, Emile Frederic, F.P. Graveley & Co., Edwin Oliver, and Robert Soule. Sully also designed the building across the street at 200-204 Carondelet; the Liverpool, London and Globe Insurance Company Building; which housed the offices of James Dinwiddie and Charles Charlton. During the mid-twentieth century, local architects flocked to Canal Street; Curtis & Davis, August Perez, and Sol Rosenthal all having offices along the mercantile artery.
Images above from the Thomas Sully Collection, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries. Upper left: Thomas Sully, Hennen Building (800 Common Street), undated photograph. Upper right: Thomas Sully's Office, 1103 Hennen Building (800 Common Street), circa 1896.