In 2002, 700 Louisiana state and New Orleans District Attorney’s Office employees were relocated to Common Street from the Plaza Tower on Howard Avenue. Tenants had been concerned about the exposure to asbestos and toxic mold. Since then, the 3rd tallest building in Louisiana has remained sealed off. Redevelopment plans have come and gone and the building has exchanged hands multiple times while the building has continued to deteriorate.

Construction of the Plaza Tower began in 1964 and was halted when the developer ran out of money. Work resumed in 1966 when the building was sold at auction and completed in 1969. The 531-foot-tall tower was recently valued at $155,000. No new redevelopment plans have been announced.

In 2021 a net was mounted at the top of the building after falling debris injured a cyclist.

2017 Drone footage by nolafilms

Plaza Tower in 2023

Location History

Plaza Tower is a walking distance from the Caesars Superdome, home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

In August, 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. The aerial image below was captured a few weeks later. Flood Water can be seen surrounding the Superdome.

Condition Orange

1001 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113