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Polishing a Jewel on the New Orleans Northshore

Located 45 minutes north of New Orleans in the quaint town of Covington, the Southern Hotel’s vaunted history of hospitality began in 1907. Established as a physical and spiritual retreat where visitors would re-energize amidst the area’s cool breezes, piney woods and mineral springs, the hotel hosted guests for more than 50 years. Developers Lisa Condrey Ward, Joseph Ward, and Ricky and Gayle Condrey are now breathing new life into the historic property. Full-scale restoration of the 40+ room hotel is underway and is expected to open in the spring of 2014. 

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

When the Southern Hotel opened in 1907, visitors were greeted with the latest amenities: hot water, electric lights and carpeting. Newspaper reports from the grand opening also noted the property’s fine china, linens and attentive service.

When the Southern Hotel reopens in 2014, its guests will relax in beautifully-appointed luxury rooms. The property will include meeting rooms, banquet facilities, Wi-Fi throughout, a fitness facility, plunge pool, restaurant and chic bar/lounge. Fine china and luxury linens will once again delight guests, along with personal service and attention to detail that makes for an unforgettable travel experience. 

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Setting the Stage for a Renaissance

The local developers purchased the Southern Hotel in late 2011 with plans to reopen the property as a full-service hotel. They have brought Trapolin-Peer Architects on board to renovate the property into a modern, luxury oasis while preserving its historic and architectural significance.

A boutique hotel located 45 minutes north of New Orleans in the quaint town of Covington, the historic Southern Hotel is expected to reopen in the spring of 2014. 

The mission-style building, with its wide archways and a lush center courtyard, provides a perfect backdrop for business and leisure travelers. 

General Information

The Southern Hotel’s vaunted history of hospitality began in 1907 as a physical and spiritual retreat where visitors would re-energize amidst the area’s cool breezes, piney woods and mineral springs. Developers Lisa Condrey Ward, Joseph Ward, and Ricky and Gayle Condrey are now breathing new life into the historic property. 

In addition to its 42 guest rooms, the Southern Hotel will feature a 2,400-sq. ft. ballroom that can be configured for meetings, conferences and special events. A restaurant, upscale bar, spa treatment and fitness rooms round out the luxurious amenities. 

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  • 1905

    Plans for the 43-room, Mission-style hotel are completed and construction begins.
  • 1907

    Luxurious Southern Hotel opens on the Northshore of Louisiana boasting hot water, electric lights and carpeting.
  • 1912

    Local physician purchases the Southern Hotel and reopens it as a sanitarium/resort for people with respiratory illnesses.
  • 1960's

    After 50-years, the Southern Hotel closes its doors to overnight guests. Its facade is altered from two towers to one in order to make room for a drug store.
  • 1983

    St. Tammany Parish purchases the building and converts it into government offices. The building becomes home to the parish courthouse for more than 20 years.
  • 2003

    With the new Justice Center completed on Columbia Street, the property becomes vacant. Southern Hotel is sold at auction.
  • 2005

    Hurricane Katrina hits Southern Louisiana. Plans for the hotel’s renovation are put on hold.
  • 2011

    Southern Hotel is sold to local developers Lisa Condrey Ward, Joseph Ward, and Ricky and Gayle Condrey.
  • 2012

    Restoration of the historic property begins.
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