Dec 23, 2013 7:15 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - By summer 2014, event and exhibit design firm The Solomon Group plans to nearly quadruple the size of its offices in the New Orleans Warehouse District.
Founding partner Gary Solomon Jr. told New Orleans CityBusiness (http://bit.ly/1jiZIjK) that the company has been working to renovate a 10,000-square-foot building at 819 Girod St. that will be its new home office. The business is currently based at 900 S. Peters St.
Renovation of the two-story Girod Street property began in August.
Solomon is working with Ryan Gootee General Contractors and Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architects.
Solomon said he bought the building about two years ago with the intent of converting it into new offices.
According to New Orleans conveyance records, Solomon Group Ventures purchased the building for $1.134 million from the Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co. The building was the original New Orleans office for the mouthwash and toothpaste company, which opened in 1905.
Solomon said the building's ground floor will have about 7,000 square feet of office space, nearly four times the size of the company's current space. The company also operates a 40,000-square-foot fabrication and production facility in the city's Algiers section.
"I bought this building before the Rouses across the street opened," Solomon said. "I've always liked the space. This neighborhood is where we all live, and it is where most of our work is being done. For the main design studio, this is the place we need to be."
On the second floor, Solomon said contractors are working to convert an additional 5,000 square feet of office space into a three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment to be used as a rental property.