LL&E Tower

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. 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, the previous name comes from the Louisiana Land & Exploration Company.


The exterior of the building is clad in granite and bronze tinteded 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 damage to the roof. The building reopened to tenants in late 2005.


Location

909 Poydras Street New Orleans, LA 70112-4000


The First Bank and Trust Tower is bounded by the following streets:


  • Poydras Street (south)
  • O'Keefe Avenue (west)
  • Perdido Street {north)
  • Penn Street (east)