Celebrating Hancock Whitney Center

Joseph Exnicios, January 10, 2019

Wednesday afternoon, we had a party in downtown New Orleans.

Nearly 300 people gathered at 701 Poydras Street for the grand opening of our new New Orleans regional headquarters—the Hancock Whitney Center. The KIPP Booker T. Washington Brass Band played across the plaza as guests enjoyed free Haydel’s king cake, complimentary Community coffee, and a big helping of the city’s incomparable spirit.

We’ve always been a company that never knows completion, an organization committed to changing, growing, and getting better to benefit those we serve. Over the years, we’ve succeeded because of people trusting us as their financial and community partner. Our move to the Hancock Whitney Center and this week’s grand opening mark another milestone in our story, a story that started 100-plus years ago with a promise to help people achieve their dreams.

Space to grow and serve

At the Hancock Whitney Center, our second-floor financial center opened in December. Hancock Whitney logos have replaced ground-level One Shell Square signs. By March 600 associates will call the Hancock Whitney Center their work home, occupying nine floors of previously unused prime Central Business District office space.

This newer, more scale-able space represents our strong investment in New Orleans and creates a more contemporary place where we can better serve our clients and showcase our financial products and services.

Soon, you’ll see a familiar bank clock on site, and new marquee crowns the building later this spring.

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Hundreds of associates, clients and neighbors gathered for the ribbon cutting of Hancock Whitney Center

At home in the CBD

We’ve been in the city’s CBD since the 1800s. Our offices at 228 St. Charles Avenue actually comprise seven different historic buildings acquired and connected with additions and renovations between 1888 and 1994. It’s an icon of New Orleans heritage and opportunity, and we’re committed to ensuring 228 St. Charles Avenue remains a vital part of the thriving CBD community.

As we expand, it’s only fitting that we move to the 51-story Hancock Whitney Center, another recognized historic landmark in the heart of the CBD and a soaring symbol of our city’s prosperity and promise. The skyscraper is one of the most prominent structures along the New Orleans skyline and Louisiana’s tallest office building.

We’ve been honored to be part of New Orleans’ past and its growth into an international center of commerce, industry, healthcare, culture, education, and entertainment. Now, as we officially open the Hancock Whitney Center, we’re proud to continue working together with local people, businesses, and communities to shape a bright future for the city and the Gulf South.