BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An old state office building will be renovated into new hotel in Downtown Baton Rouge.
The plans were announced Wednesday to convert the old Louisiana National Bank building at Convention and Third Streets into a 148-room Marriott Autograph hotel.
In 2014, Baton Rouge developer Mike Wampold acquired the building that once housed state offices until it was sold by the state in 2013.
The new hotel will be called Watermark to recognize the building's origins as the Louisiana National Bank back in 1924 as well as the closeness and view of the Mississippi River.
Wampold plans to open the upscale hotel in August 2016 with an upscale restaurant in the hotel and is in the process of defining the concept.
Wampold originally planned to turn the building into a limited service Marriott Courtyard, but that Marriott division chose to construct an all new Courtyard hotel from the ground up one block away at Florida and Third Streets. He was then contacted by another division of Marriott who offered Wampold the Autograph franchise.
"This was truly a stroke of luck," said Wampold.
Wampold has worked with the division of Marriott before on the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel which was converted from an incomplete dormitory structure which stood unfinished for over 20 years.