First Bank and Trust Tower

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First Bank and Trust Tower
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First Bank and Trust Tower seen from Loyola Avenue at Poydras
General information
TypeOffice, Retail
LocationNew Orleans, United States
Coordinates29°57′02″N 90°04′26″W / 29.95056°N 90.07389°W / 29.95056; -90.07389Coordinates: 29°57′02″N 90°04′26″W / 29.95056°N 90.07389°W / 29.95056; -90.07389
Completed1987
Height
Antenna spireN/A
Roof481 feet (147 m)
Technical details
Floor count36
Floor areaOffice: 544,998 square feet (50,632 m2)[1]
Lifts/elevators15
Design and construction
ArchitectWelton Becket & Associates
References
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The First Bank and Trust Tower (also known as the First Bank Tower and previously known as the LL&E Tower and 909 Poydras Tower), located at 909 Poydras Street in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 36-story, 481 feet (147 m)-tall skyscraper designed in the post-modern style by Welton Becket & Associates and developed by Joseph C. Canizaro. It is the fifth tallest building in both the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Floors 2-8 are parking levels, and 10-36 hold office space. Hertz Investment Group is the current owner, having acquired the building in 2005. The current name comes from the New Orleans area bank First Bank and Trust,[3] the previous name comes from the Louisiana Land & Exploration Company.

The exterior of the building is clad in granite and bronze tinted glass. The building is illuminated by spotlights at night, making it one of the most visible buildings in New Orleans' night time skyline. The 7 levels of parking are accessed from O'Keefe Avenue. In front of the main entrance on Poydras Street are a pair of bronze sculptures by Enrique Alférez depicting David and a lute player.

The building suffered some damage during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, including blown out windows and roof damage. The building reopened to tenants in late 2005.


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