The Hard Rock Hotel collapsed two years ago on Oct. 12, 2019, killing three workers and injuring dozens more in one of the worst ever construction accidents in New Orleans.
Structural design errors led to the upper floors crumbling into the floors below, damaging two massive cranes that threatened to tumble into nearby buildings.
The city hired engineers to implode the cranes and officials spent months trying to retrieve the dead workers' bodies.
After months of private and public squabbling, the city and the building's owner, 1031 Canal Development LLC, led by Mohan Kailas, eventually agreed to tear the building down piece by piece.
Today, the site is cleared of debris. The demolition process necessitated destroying two historic Canal St. buildings.
Rampart Street remains closed two years after the collapse.