The Skyscraper with the House on Top


One of America’s weirdest buildings is New Orleans is the Plaza Tower.  The 45 story 531 foot Skyscraper building opened in 1969.  It is currently the third tallest building in the state and its completely empty.

It is one of two vacant Skyscrapers in the city.

The Plaza Tower was designed by Leonard R Spangenberg Jr and Associates. It was  designed primarily as an office building with some residential space on the upper floors. Upon completion of the tower, very little residential space was made available. By 1984 the remaining residential apartments were made into offices.


The building has been vacant  since 2002 because of environmental problems such as toxic mold.

Through the years there has been many plans to correct and renovate the building.  To correct the problems in the building would require stripping the building to the superstructure costing in the tens of million of dollars.

The location is tempting with view of the New Orleans Skyline on one side and the Mississippi River on the other.  The current office market in New Orleans is soft and while the city is slowing recovering from Katrina, the condo and hospitality market is strong .


The estimated cost to build the Tower in 1969 was 15 million.  In 2007, the building was auctioned off and sold for $583,000. In 2011 the building was auctioned off again and sold for $650,000.  A few years ago lowest (unsuccessful) bid was for less than $250,000.

In 2014, the tower was sold to a local developer. Rumor has it, the building was sold for ten dollars.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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