Historic Roof & Facade Renovation of the Rice Building

Mayer Building Company is pleased to announce the successful completion of a major historic roof renovation of 227-233 Decatur Street, otherwise known as the Rice Building, on behalf of Capital One Bank, NA.

This project, with Vieux Carre Commission oversight, consisted of interior and exterior improvements for the owners in order to get the Rice Building ready for the real estate market. With new tenants lined up to replace the downtown Tipitina’s, the owners hired Mayer Building Company to replace the dilapidated corrugated metal roof with faux slate, copper flashing, new steel valleys, and historic ridge-caps. Mayer Building Company also re-pointed much of the masonry using historically approved mortar mix, corrected cracks and chips in the iron and wood storefront, salvaged the wood windows and frames, and repainted the façade.

Not many have a view of this roof; perhaps it can be seen from the Monteleone Hotel or the Canal Place offices. Those that can see it will note that not only is the old eyesore of the slapdash metal roof eliminated, but also a new, clean, and accurate architectural slate roof now augments the historic French Quarter.

Prior to commencing the work, Mayer Building Company participated in crafting the value-engineered budget. Actual construction was performed in accordance with third-party auditing in order to meet the client’s goals.

Mayer Building Company conveyed this project UNDER BUDGET.

Photographs by Anne Finney.


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