When Sarah moved into our N. White renovation, she immediately had problems with this house and lot next door. Abandoned since Katrina, it was now home to several squatters and various criminal activities. Although Sarah and I had not met, she and I teamed up to make this block a safer place to live. We started by contacting the owner of the property and installing a security camera. When the activity next door escalated, we contacted the authorities and began searching for a creative solution to this problem since our typical steps weren't making a difference. Throughout this process, we had both noticed the huge potential this property had. After a bit of brainstorming, we (along with our third partner, Sam) made an offer on the property and it was accepted.
The site is about 20,000 square feet (.5 acre), and it included a large raised building and a detached shed. The building, originally built in the 1920s, was approved for the historic tax credits and has been renovated to comply with the interior standards of design required by the the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). We named the house "Campeche", after Jean Lafitte's compound in Galveston. Our name and our spirit are both inspired by Lafitte, a name bigger than life in our part of the world. To us, he symbolizes adventure, exploration, and the deep and colorful history of New Orleans. Campeche consists of eight guest suites with living space, wet bar, bathroom, and bedroom. We are calling the the renovation of the main building Phase I, and we had our grand opening party March 26th, 2017.
Phase II will consist of the development of the rest of the land, and while we have many exciting ideas, we have yet to finalize those plans. You can learn more about the current state of this beautiful building - and book your stay - here!