Designed for Fidelity Bank, 353 Carondelet consists of two four-story brick masonry party wall commercial buildings constructed in 1850 as part of a block of identical structures known historically as “Union Row.” In 1958, existing party walls were removed and the iconic Mid-Century Modern slipcover was installed on two facades, landing it on the national register.
The slipcover consists of black porcelain enamel faced metal panels punctuated by vertical strips of aluminum windows and tan recessed spandrel panels. The exterior renovation of this cover included complete replacement of the deteriorated metal panels and vertical windows. New curtain walls were installed on the Carondelet facade to increase natural light. The new glazing, including frames, are dark to blend with the historic paneling.