Monday, March 21, 2011

First National Life Insurance Co. (1960)

In July of 1960 Thurston B. Martin, president of the First National Life Insurance Company (est. 1914, New Orleans) announced the construction of a new twelve-story glass office building.

The Times-Picayune reported, ''Designed by Mathes Bergman & Associates, the structure will have a porte cochere entry from a circular drive, will be air-conditioned and encased in glass with limestone and granite trim. Three elevators will service the structure which is to be finished with a marble and wood lobby and with stone floors."

The irregular site on Howard, S. Rampart and Dryades was conveniently located near the new Union Passenger Terminal (completed 1955). The building currently houses the offices of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

[photo: M. Saxer, TSA NOVA]


Brian W. said...

Thank you so much for maintaining this blog. I have a new appreciation for New Orleans's modern architecture and for the entire genre.

Francine Stock said...


Thanks for writing. We are working on a smartphone app of modernism in new orleans - lost, extant and threatened. coming soon... will post when it becomes available