Windsor Aughtry Company, Inc. of Greenville, S.C., announced in the fall of 2014 the development of an approximately 85,000 square-foot, eight-story, 135-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at the epicenter of Downtown’s Third Street Corridor, 260 Third Street. The Downtown Courtyard by Marriott’s specific Third Street location pays homage to the Hotel Istrouma, Baton Rouge’s first downtown hotel formerly at the same Third Street location.
Designed by Bounds and Gillespie Architects, PLLC., the hotel will take advantage of downtown’s skyline along Third Street and Florida Street, as well as south to LSU, with approximately 35% of the rooms equipped with balconies. The completion of this $23.6 million investment would complete four contiguous blocks of urban streetscape and complement the current diversity of the historic Third Street corridor. It will also create a cohesive urban streetscape and bring a Starbucks to hotel patrons as well as 50 full time and 10 part time employees. Construction began in the fall of 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2018.