GraceHebert marks 50th anniversary

Aug 14, 2017

GraceHebert Architects marked its 50-year anniversary with a celebration on August 6.

Ranked as the largest architectural firm in Baton Rouge, it has 35 employees and offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The firm was originally established in 1967 as C.E. Newman and Fred J. Grace, III Architects. They operated a small architectural firm doing primarily residential work for many years, and later brought architect Jerry Hebert into the firm in the mid 1980s.

By 1995, the firm had experienced continuous and substantial growth in both size and reputation, and Mr. Newman had retired, which led to the change of name to Grace & Hebert Architects. Fred Grace remained a partner until his retirement in 2005.

The firm continued to grow, and the old IM Causey Building in downtown Baton Rouge was given a new lease on life when it was completely renovated to house the firm’s corporate office on the second floor and commercial offices on the bottom floor. The $3 million renovation made it one of the first LEED Gold certified buildings in the state.

In 2014, the firm went through a rebranding process and is now GraceHebert Architects. The firm is comprised of the partnership team of Jerry Hebert, Adam Fishbein, Kriste Rigby & David Hebert. GraceHebert has won numerous awards for its designs, most recently winning a Rose Award for Lee High School in Baton Rouge. Among its other well-recognized projects are St. George Catholic Church, the LSU Student Recreation Center, Ochsner Medical Campus at The Grove, and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Correctional Complex.

Managing Partner Jerry Hebert noted, “We are consistently collaborating with our clients through our holistic immersive design process. They define us, fostered our growth through the years, and will continue to be the core of our firm as we look forward to future regional growth.”