Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Remaking History STUDIOWTA NEW ORLEANS Photo: Neil Alexander Photography Photo: Neil Alexander Photography Photo: Zack Smith Photography Few cities in the United States conjure the past as readily as New Orleans. Walking through the French Quarter or Garden District neighborhoods, especially, has the power to send you back in time and to what feels like an entirely different country—one more lushly romantic than ours. But even in New Orleans, time does not stand still. Humans continue to alter the city's buildings and surroundings—to repair, renew, and reimagine. Hurricane Katrina hastened some changes, of course, and reshaped every- thing touched by its wake. Twelve years have passed since the storm, and the remarkably resilient city has rebounded strongly. Coming so close to losing such an important and beautiful city has reawakened appreciation for its charms, and fueled investment in rebuilding while addressing some of its flaws along the way. Katrina and its aftermath have kept architect Wayne Troyer, FAIA, and studioWTA very busy. He was closely involved with planning efforts after the storm and has always been a strong ad- vocate for preserving what's best about the city. Looking ahead while keeping an eye on the past comes naturally to the New Orleans native and has served him well in practice there. The firm, which Wayne leads with partners Tracie Ashe and Julie Babin, AIA, excels at parsing and curating New Orleans' unique eclecticism and, simultaneously, interjecting modern sen- sibility and delight. The firm balances a mix of remodeling, new construction, single-family, multifamily, commercial, Clockwise from top left: StudioWTA partners (left to right) Julie A. Babin, AIA, Tracie Ashe, and Wayne Troyer, FAIA. The interior of 704 Marigny preserves elements of the orginal 1800s dwelling while insert- ing obviously modern elements. The streetside elevations were restored and the original storefront window reopened for holiday displays. 17 VOL. 2, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM PRO-FILE DESIGN

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