The Urban Land Institute of Louisiana (ULI) is holding a first-glance tour of the Il Mercado building, a re-development of a 12,000 square foot building on Magazine Street into a banquet hall and catering facility.
Caterer and restauranteur Joel Dondis purchased the former open-air marketplace at 1911 Magazine St. for $2 million back in 2013.
His team has worked restoring the building’s Spanish-style architectural features. You can check out the plans for the building here.
The ULI tour will feature an insider’s look at the development of Il Mercato.
Attendees will hear from the owner and project manager about the process in which the space went from most recently housing a printing company to its transformation into a sought-after private events venue. The team will discuss the building acquisition, its use of historic tax credits, and how they envision the future use of the space.
Built in 1931, Il Mercato was constructed as a market by the Works Progress Administration. The space has been completely renovated highlighting its Spanish architecture and adding a private courtyard.
The ULI event will take place March 3, 2015. You can get more details here.
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