For all of our projects, we allow the process of investigation to determine the project’s design language. In this instance, there was plenty to investigate in the historic renovation of the nationally registered landmark at 7887 Main Street, also referred to as the Heyman Building. Built in 1891, 7887 Main was originally occupied by the only department store in Houma – the Houma Bargain Store – for over 50 years, serving as a keystone commerce center.
By successfully allowing the historical nature of the site to inform the interior aesthetics, NANO delivered the first Historic Renovation and Tax Credit project in Houma.
- Terri Dreyer
- Ian Dreyer
NANO turned the challenges of the full architectural rehabilitation into a myriad of opportunities, keeping original transom beams and brick walls exposed, and adding a contemporary flair to the ornate central stairway by encasing it in a glass firewall.
Overlooking both Main Street and Bayou Terrebonne, and in association with Houma’s Bayou Walk Revitalization program, NANO envisioned a double-sided public and private design solution that encourages the public to enjoy the community’s historic architecture, while providing a variety of commercial opportunities on the first floor and 5 residential units above. The owners’ dedication to the revitalization of the Houma Downtown Center and Main Street were integral to the realization of this project.