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Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards May 6, 2021

The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards are The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation. The Conservancy has been a leader in preserving, restoring, and reusing New York City’s exceptional architectural legacy for over four decades.

The Moses Awards have recognized individuals, organizations, architects, craftspeople, and building owners for their extraordinary contributions to preserving our City for 31 years. We are grateful for the generous support of the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, which makes the Awards possible.

Lucy Goldschmidt Moses was a dedicated New Yorker whose generosity benefited the City for over 50 years. Mrs. Moses and her husband, attorney Henry L. Moses, shared a wide range of philanthropic interests. “I don’t think we’re worth anything unless we do for others,” said Mrs. Moses in a 1983 interview with The New York Times.

Hailed as a national model, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $53 million and provided countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners. Our work has saved over 2,000 buildings across the City and State, preserving the character of New York for future generations.

PRESERVATION LEADERSHIP AWARD Andrew Dolkart

Andrew Dolkart is receiving the Preservation Leadership Award for his decades of teaching, researching and writing about preservation. Scores of New Yorkers rely on his books of architectural history, his guidebooks, and reports written for the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Generations of preservation professionals have benefited from his long tenure as a professor and director (2008-2016) of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program. He is on the vanguard of preservation advocacy, as co-founder of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, which has expanded the understanding of buildings connected to LGBT history.

Dolkart specializes in books that focus on the common, yet overlooked building types that line the City’s streets, including Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development, Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street; and The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City, 1908-1929. He is currently working on a book on the architecture and development of New York City’s Garment District, after writing several articles and curating an exhibition at the Skyscraper Museum.

Dolkart’s influence on landmark designations is widespread and unparallel. He has researched and written reports on dozens of individual landmarks and historic districts. The Whitney Museum, Tenement Museum, Mount Morris Park, DUMBO, South Village, and Grand Concourse are just a few examples of his range. He has worked with every major preservation organization in the City and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. He is the author of the Commission's Guide to New York City Landmarks (1998, with later editions) which is on the bookshelf of anyone interested in preservation and New York City architecture.

Dolkart lectures, gives guides tours, and comments on preservation for multiple media platforms. He graduated from Columbia’s preservation program in 1977.

PUBLIC LEADERSHIP AWARD Frederick Bland, FAIA, AICP

Fred Bland is receiving the Public Leadership in Preservation Award for his role in elevating preservation through public service. Bland has been a commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2008, serving as Vice Chairman since 2017, and was Interim Chair during 2018. As Interim Chair, he played a critical role in ensuring that the public had a voice when the LPC undertook sweeping, once-in-a-generation changes to the agency Rules, which govern the vast majority of permit application reviews.

Bland joined Beyer Blinder Belle, the country’s premier preservation architecture firm, in 1972, and in 1978 became the first partner to join the founders. Over the course of his career with the firm, he has fostered a culture of respect, collegiality, and enthusiasm, equally nurturing of individual creativity and collaboration. Bland became Managing Partner in 2004, a role he held until this year.

Bland’s belief in civic engagement has led him to be exceptionally active outside the office. He chairs the Fitch Foundation and is on the Executive Committee of the British Architectural Library Trust. He is the longest-serving Chair of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (2007-2017), a former member of the Vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street (2004-2018), and the current Chair of the historic Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn. He is a member of the board of the Gracie Mansion Advisory Committee, a former member of the board of the Brooklyn Historical Society, and past President of the Brooklyn Heights Association. He has served on the Dean’s Council at Yale’s School of Architecture since its inception in 2004.

For 30 years he was Adjunct Professor in NYU’s Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies. Fred earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in architecture at Yale University.

PRESERVATION ORGANIZATION AWARD - Save Harlem Now!

Save Harlem Now! merits the Preservation Organization Award for its success in protecting and preserving Harlem’s irreplaceable built heritage. The group has achieved significant victories, including the first historic district designation in Harlem in over 20 years.

The remarkable architecture and cultural history of Harlem are known around the world, yet for many years there was no single preservation advocacy group that could speak for this community. Longtime Harlem residents and advocates Valerie Bradley and Michael Henry Adams co-founded Save Harlem Now! in 2015 to coalesce the voices fighting for preservation, and focus advocacy efforts. Bradley is now the group’s president.

Save Harlem Now! quickly submitted a proposal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for several new designations. They also worked to engage residents, elected officials, and other preservation and civic groups. The Central Harlem West 130th—132nd Streets Historic District was approved in 2018. When the owner of one building at the edge of the District successfully lobbied to have it excluded at a City Council Subcommittee vote, the advocates redoubled their efforts. The building was put back into the District at the final, full Council affirmation. Another Harlem historic district, Dorrance Brooks Square, will have an LPC hearing this year.

Save Harlem Now! also worked toward restoration of the Harlem Fire Watchtower in Mount Morris Park, which received a Lucy Moses Award last year. Ongoing neglect had led to such severe deterioration that the City Parks Department had to remove the tower. Many in the community feared that this beloved landmark would be lost forever, but Save Harlem Now! was undeterred. Their local advocacy was essential in pressuring the City to renovate and reinstall the Watchtower.

PRESERVATION PROJECT AWARDS

244 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan

Photo: PM Architecture PC

244 Lenox Avenue is a Harlem row house which has gone from being an eyesore to a beauty. The building in the Mount Morris Park Historic District was designed by J.E. Terhune and completed in 1884. Originally it was a residence; a commercial space was added in 1929; and in the 1940s it was converted into an SRO. Eventually, the building was abandoned and fell into disrepair. The City took ownership as part of a cluster of buildings in 2011; it was then conveyed to MLG 904 Development, a non-profit developer, for use as affordable housing.

244 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan (Photo: PM Architecture PC)

The project team worked closely with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to restore the deteriorated front and rear façades to their historical condition. At the front, this included replacing metal double-hung windows with striking new wood windows ranging from one-over-one to 35-over-one. Damaged brownstone was resurfaced with a tinted cementitious coating. An illegal metal door at the parlor floor was replaced with a handsome new stained and paneled wood door with transom. The deteriorated slate shingle mansard roof was replaced with new slates. Robust new metal dormers and cornice and trim at the bay window are all painted a glorious green.

244 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan (Photo: PM Architecture PC)

At the rear façade, bricks were cleaned and repointed, and all windows replaced. The project also resolved a series of violations from previous owners. The interior was renovated for new residential units, which are occupied. This project has rediscovered the beauty of 244 Lenox Avenue. Now it celebrates Harlem’s row house history.

244 Lenox Avenue Project Team

  • MLG 904 Development LLC - Justin Stein
  • Home Builders 1LP- Peter Magistro
  • PM Architecture PC - Amina Bouayad, Rosemary Estrella, Parag Mehta
  • Santoriello Architects - Robert Santoriello

560 Second Street, Brooklyn

Photo: LPE Engineering

This award recognizes the commitment of a long-time owner to her Park Slope neighborhood. In 1967, she and her young family purchased the house at 560 Second Street in Brooklyn. When they were priced out of Brooklyn Heights they attended a Brownstone Advice Bureau open house. They made the decision to buy in Park Slope after hearing from a local contractor, architect and representative of the Fifth Avenue Savings Bank, one of the few willing to finance purchases in this community.

560 Second Street, Brooklyn (Photo: LPE Engineering)

The house was constructed in 1891 in the Romanesque Revival style, with orange Roman brick and robust brownstone decoration, but the façade had been painted white to resemble limestone. It divided into seven apartments. Over the next five decades, the couple raised their family, reclaimed some of the apartments, and became part of an enthusiastic if untrained movement of Brownstoners. They retained and restored stained-glass windows, folding shutters, beautiful fireplaces and decorative plaster ceilings.

In 2018, the owner finally took on the façade. The initial scope of work called for repairs and a new white acrylic coating. After work began, contractors discovered that the paint could be removed without damaging the masonry. As the layers of coating were taken off, the façade’s rich color and decorative elements emerged; damaged elements were repaired. The project also included a new roof, repointing and rebuilding the rear wall and foundation, new copper gutters and cornice at the rear, a new roof hatch and two new skylights.

560 Second Street, Brooklyn (Photo: LPE Engineering)

The results are stunning and the 87-year-old owner is proud and happy to see the house restored in all its beauty.

560 Second Street Project Team

  • Patricia Simpson
  • A&J Contractors Co Inc - Alex Tacoaman
  • LPE Engineering - Efraim Gutierrez, Roberta Levine

Battery Maritime Building – Casa Cipriani, 10-11 South St, Manhattan

Photo: David Sundberg

This magnificent former ferry terminal building at Manhattan’s southern tip was once the crown jewel of the NYC waterfront but over time became empty and neglected, nearly crumbling into the East River. The Battery Maritime Building (BMB) was built in 1909 in a bold Beaux Arts style, sitting entirely on piles over the river. Designed by Walker and Morris Architects, it features decorative metalwork, structural rivets, and trusses.

Battery Maritime Building – Casa Cipriani, Manhattan (Photo: David Sundberg)

The BMB elevated the daily experience of commuters, but as ferry service declined, it fell into disrepair. Vacant for many years, the BMB was literally falling into the water by the 1990s. In an early phase of work, the City restored the facades, but the building still needed a use. Midtown Equities and Cipriani won an RFP to complete exterior work, preserve the historic structure and adapt the interior.

Battery Maritime Building – Casa Cipriani, Manhattan (Photo: David Sundberg)

New infrastructure was threaded through historic spaces. Inventive strategies met modern codes and satisfied complex new program requirements. The ground floor continues to provide ferry access, while the grand second floor spaces were restored as an events venue centered about the dramatic Great Hall. The third and fourth floors were completely rebuilt as a boutique hotel, and a modern glass fifth floor addition houses a club with a jazz lounge, bars, and a restaurant. The original south façade included cupolas, spires, and pergolas but those features were removed in the 1930s. Now, new cupolas and pergolas announce the reinvention of the Battery Maritime Building – Casa Cipriani.

Battery Maritime Building - Casa Cipriani Project Team

  • Cipriani - Maggio Cipriani
  • Midtown Equities LLC - Michael Cayre
  • New York City Economic Development Corporation - Rachel Loeb, Acting President
  • Cave Group - Robert Podgorski
  • Criterion Acoustics - David Kotch
  • EP Engineering D.P.C. - Giovanni Melendez PE
  • Frank Seta Associates LLC - Frank Seta
  • Higgins, Quasebarth & Partners - Bill Higgins
  • Langan - Michele O'Connor
  • Marvel - Jonathan J. Marvel FAIA, ASLA Affiliate
  • Milrose Consultants - Elliot Chiger
  • MJM Associates Construction - Mike Marino, Jr.
  • Schwinghammer Lighting - Bill Schwinghammer
  • Silman - Joseph Tortorella PE, Hon AIANY
  • The Office of Thierry W. Despont, LTD - Thierry W. Despont
  • Veracity Partners - Ken Hart

Building 127 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

Photo: Higgins Quasebarth & Partners

Building 127 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard joins other buildings at the historic complex that have been adapted for light industrial use, restoring the historic architecture and sustaining the complex’s industrial heritage.

The three-story brick building was constructed in 1903 as a small boat construction and repair facility. By the time the most recent tenant left in 2017, Building 127 was in disrepair and much of its historic character lost. This rehabilitation was spearheaded by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the not-for-profit that develops and manages these properties on behalf of the City.

Building 127, Brooklyn Navy Yard (Photo: Higgins Quasebarth & Partners)

At the exterior, brick, granite and ornamental steel lintels were repaired and restored. Concrete block infill was removed from window and door openings and they were restored to their historic sizes. Historic wood windows were repaired and restored, and new wood doors and multi-light wood windows matching the historic were installed. New decorative multi-light roundel windows matching the historic were installed at the pediments. A fire stair was removed, revealing the historic rhythm of the north facade.

Building 127, Brooklyn Navy Yard (Photo: Higgins Quasebarth & Partners)

Partitions, enclosures, and mezzanines that obscured the interior were removed. The historic exposed structural systems were retained to reinstate an expansive, light-filled historic configuration. Original interior elements, such as gantry cranes and associated rails, and riveted columns, girders, and trusses, were kept in place. Building 127 is once again defined by expansive open spaces that speak to the building’s historic use, and ready to welcome new tenants.

Building 127 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Project Team

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation -John Coburn, Rosario D'Urso, David Ehrenberg, Melissa Goldschmid, Johanna Greenbaum, Matt Harrison, Kerry Keegan, Paul Kelly, Peter Risolo, Jill Schmidt
  • Dudley Ventures - D'Anna Elsey, Regina Griego, Jake Lewis
  • Goldman Sachs - Nicholas Calluzzo, Andrew Choe, Alexander Ivanovic, Yarojin Robinson, Neel Shetti
  • Higgins Quasebarth & Partners - Ward Dennis, Julie Rosen
  • JFK&M Consulting Group - Cindy Feinberg, Paul E. Novak
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co - Tim Karp, Mary Ottoson, Keith Pettus
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation - Thanos Kontogiannis, Richard Pinner
  • McCormack Baron Salazar - Ashley Foell, Laurel Tinsley
  • New York Regional Council - George Olsen
  • NYC Neighborhood Capital Corporation - Mac Thayer
  • S9 Architecture and Engineering - Cannelle Legler, Navid Maqami, Sital Patel, Carl Yberg
  • Silman - Jeffrey A. Beane, Jessica Haberstock
  • Turner Construction Company - Barbara Carmosino

Central Presbyterian Church - 593 Park Avenue, Manhattan

Photo: Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC

Located on the Upper East Side, the neo-Gothic Central Presbyterian Church was designed by architect Henry C. Pelton in association with Allen & Collens, and constructed 1920-22. The present congregation moved into the building in 1929.

Central Presbyterian Church, Manhattan (Photo: Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC)

Despite the high quality of the original materials and craftmanship, natural weathering and material fatigue took a toll. The facades had soiled and carved stones had eroded. The belltower’s steel frame had rusted and expanded, leading to cracks and spalls at the limestone. Stained glass windows suffered from lead fatigue and loss of panes. Leaks were damaging the interior. Sidewalk bridges, littered with fragments of broken limestone, shrouded the Church for many years.

Central Presbyterian Church, Manhattan (Photo: Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC)

An early triage approach to repairs ultimately became a comprehensive restoration effort. The darkened stone facades were cleaned. The limestone bell tower was completely disassembled from the steel frame and reconstructed with improved detailing. Deteriorated stones were repaired or replaced in-kind. Stucco at the secondary facades was removed and the original effect was replicated to mimic the natural granite and limestone at the primary facades. All of the stained-glass windows were removed, completely restored, and re-installed. Three sets of wood entry doors were restored. Roofing at the set-back and main roofs was replaced. Long quiet, a new carillon, with 50 bronze bells cast in France, was installed at the restored bell tower.

Central Presbyterian Church Project Team

  • Central Presbyterian Church - Jason Harris, James Johnson, Wilma Jordan, Peter Milligan, Dan Miracola, Ed Sirya
  • B&H Art-in-Architecture, Ltd - Shi-Jia Chen, Daisuke Kiyomiya, Muneto Maekawa
  • Bird Master - John Pace
  • Femenella & Associates, Inc. - Patrick Baldoni, Maris Franco, Matthew Mayer
  • Fonderie Paccard - Cyril Paccard, Phillippe Paccard
  • Old Structures Engineering, PC - Donald Friedman, Angela Nappi
  • Walter B. Melvin Architects - Bruce Barton, Robert Bates, Megan Rispoli, Christian Velez
  • West New York Restoration of CT, Inc. - Ramon Figueroa, Alan Gallicchio, Wieslaw Kraszewski, Tomasz Mikucki
  • Zoric Construction Corp. - John Zoric

Endale Arch, Prospect Park - Brooklyn

Photo: Paul Martinka

Endale Arch’s enchanting renovation has sparked joy and thousands of social media posts. The Arch, completed in 1868, was the first permanent structure in Olmsted, Vaux & Co.’s Prospect Park. Within the passage, city sounds are muffled and ahead lies a framed view of pastoral Long Meadow. It exemplifies Olmsted’s philosophy of blending architecture with landscape, in form, material, and purposeful views.

The project’s first phase was landscape restoration. Stone retaining walls were reset to secure the hillsides, and new plantings stabilized the slopes. Next, drainage was overhauled to prevent flooding. The path through the arch was regraded and repaved using hex-block pavers.

Endale Arch – Prospect Park, Brooklyn (Photo: Paul Martinka)

Work inside the arch began with historic research and physical investigation. Prior to restoration, original woodwork had vanished under layers of dirt and green paint. They were removed to reveal a pattern of alternating Eastern white pine and black walnut, not seen for decades. New wood paneling and trim, matching the historic, now lines the vault.

Endale Arch – Prospect Park, Brooklyn (Photo: Paul Martinka)

Original wood at the south cross vault was cleaned and sanded, revealing intricate details of the trefoil. The design team opted to leave the granite block wall of the north cross vault exposed to highlight the original craftsmanship. At the entrances, the colors of the yellow Berea sandstone and New Jersey brownstone were brought out by low-pressure power washing and gentle sanding.

Finally, LED lighting was integrated into the wood trim along the length of the arch ceiling. The renewed Endale Arch has become a destination.

Endale Arch Prospect Park Project Team

  • Prospect Park Alliance - Mark Anthony, Sue Donoghue, Justine Heilner, Sarena Rabinowitz, Susan Sharer, Christian Zimmerman
  • Barnhart Restoration - Curtis Barnhart
  • Mark Hill Fabrications - Mark Hill
  • New York City Councilmember Brad Lander
  • Tiger Baron Foundation - Alexander Volckhausen

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory - New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx

Photo: Marlon Co, NYBG 2020

This project restored the Palm Dome at the center of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The Conservatory is one of the nation’s preeminent examples of Victorian-era glasshouses and the focal point of the New York Botanical Garden. Built in 1902 by Lord and Burnham, the Conservatory creates an environment for plant collections, and is a destination for plant education and advocacy.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx (Photo: Marlon Co, NYBG 2020)

The project team faced multiple challenges. Portions of the Conservatory remained open to the public, with the prized palm collections in situ. Limited site access to the dome’s compression ring during design meant that the full extent of repairs was not understood until the complex scaffolding system was built and the ring’s cladding removed.

A special procedure for replacing the steel ring had to be developed: Existing elements were removed one-by-one, used as templates to ensure that new pieces exactly matched the historic curvature, and then quickly replaced. The scaffolding acted as shoring during this process.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx (Photo: Marlon Co, NYBG 2020)

Replicating Victorian painted wood cladding in aluminum required creativity and leading-edge materials and technology. Each element features complex geometries that were broken down into smaller components that could be extruded or cast, then shop welded and assembled. The new aluminum cladding exactly matches the original, with enhancements to reduce water infiltration. Additional work included energy efficient upgrades to the heating and lighting systems and new high-performance metal coatings.

Restoration ensures that the Conservatory continues serve as the programmatic and architectural center of the New York Botanical Garden

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Project Team

  • New York Botanical Garden - J.V. Cossaboom, Ursula Hoskins
  • EW Howell Co., LLC - Bob Zirkel
  • Jan Hird Pokorny Associates - Cory Rouillard
  • Silman - Rebecca Buntrock

The Lotos Club - 5 East 66th Street, Manhattan

Photo: Robert Lowell

Like many improvement projects, this one began small, with a plan to refurbish some ornamental iron railings in advance of the Lotos Club’s 150th anniversary. Instead, it developed into a full envelope restoration that has secured and restored this grand mansion. Richard Howland Hunt designed the building in the French Beaux Arts style in 1900. The Lotos Club has occupied it since 1947.

Lotos Club, Manhattan (Photo: Robert Lowell)

Investigations revealed that decorative masonry and metalwork were in worse condition than thought. The decorative copper cheneau and rounded copper dormer windows were so heavily deteriorated they had to be replaced in kind. Close inspection found much of the mansard slate in poor condition, with some previous repairs failing. It was rebuilt with new slate to match the original. Oversized window sashes were replaced, spalled limestone repaired, and decorative carvings gently cleaned, along with washing the entire facade. The grand entry doors and transom were fully restored to display rich oak carvings

Lotos Club, Manhattan (Photo: Robert Lowell)

Flat roofs were replaced, and new mechanical equipment was installed and relocated off the parapets – a complex project itself. The secondary facades required extensive structural replacement, reinforcement, and masonry repair. As the façade work concluded, the decorative railings that were the project’s impetus were restored and reinstalled, with one last, more pleasant surprise: decorative scrollwork at the entrance was revealed to be finished bronze, unlike bent iron found in all other railings.

Through all the obstacles the Club’s membership persevered. The results ensure the Lotos Club will welcome the future generations.

The Lotos Club Project Team

  • The Lotos Club - Vincent Q. Giffuni
  • The Lotos Foundation - Michael D. Yon
  • Active Design Group Engineering - Joseph Lieber PE
  • Bacon Lane Architect, LLC - Martha Lane RA, RRO, GRP
  • Lilker Associates -Bruce Lilker
  • Mary B Dierickx Historic Preservation - Mary B Dierickx
  • Nicholson & Galloway - Mark Haynes RA, Stephanie Morabito

Moynihan Train Hall - 421 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan

Photo: Lucas Blair Simpson | Aaron Fedor © SOM

On January 1, New York City celebrated the completion of a long-held dream. The new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall, named for the visionary U.S. senator who proposed the project in the 1990s, opened its doors within the James A. Farley Post Office Building. It reverses the dark, overcrowded experience that commuters have endured for decades, and restores the grandeur that was lost with the demolition of the original Penn Station over 50 years ago.

Moynihan Train Hall, Manhattan (Lucas Blair Simpson | Aaron Fedor © SOM)

Historic Penn Station was a skylit, Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1910. After demolition, only its concourses and platforms remained. They became dangerously overcrowded, while across Eighth Avenue, the Farley Building – another McKim, Mead & White landmark, with a grand staircase and colonnade that echoed Penn - had become largely vacant. It was the perfect place for a new train station.

The train hall, located in the former mail sorting room, features a dramatic skylight, reminiscent of Penn Station. Three historic steel trusses hidden in the Post Office construction were revealed and now support the skylight’s vaults. The bolted trusses display the workmanship of neoclassical design.

Moynihan Train Hall, Manhattan within the Farley Building (Lucas Blair Simpson | Aaron Fedor © SOM)

Preservation work included cleaning, pointing, and repairs to the granite walls, pilasters, and the terra-cotta cheneaux; restoration of original wood windows and cast-iron spandrels; and of brick and terracotta in the courtyard above the train hall.

Moynihan Train Hall re-establishes a civic icon for New York, recaptures the original spirit of train travel to Penn Station, and creates a new gateway to the City.

Moynihan Train Hall Project Team

  • Empire State Development Corporation
  • Vornado Realty Trust
  • Billings Jackson Design
  • BNP Associates, Inc.
  • Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
  • Cerami & Associates
  • Code Consultants Professional Engineers, P.C.
  • Domingo Gonzalez Associates
  • Ducibella Venter & Santore
  • Gordon H. Smith Corporation
  • Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
  • Jaros Baum & Bolles
  • Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Mijksenaar USA
  • Pentagram
  • Peter Pennoyer Architects
  • Rockwell Group
  • Schlaich Bergermann Partner
  • Severud Associates
  • Skanska USA
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Systra Consulting, Inc.
  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • Van Deusen & Associates
  • Watson & Co.
  • Weidlinger Protective Design Practice
  • WSP

Nine Orchard - 9 Orchard Street, Manhattan

Photo: Ron Castellano

Anchoring the intersection of Orchard and Canal Streets, the former S. Jarmulowsky’s Bank has been restored and converted into the Nine Orchard hotel. The 12-story, 1912 building was designed by Rouse & Goldstone in a style with Renaissance Revival and Beaux-Arts references. It towered over surrounding tenements as the architectural showpiece of the Lower East Side.

Nine Orchard, Manhattan (Photo: Ron Castellano)

In 2011, DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners/ 9 Orchard Partners, LLC bought the building, which had been vacant for nearly five years. The rich limestone and terra cotta façade had been disfigured with a destructive cementitious coating. Recreation of missing elements was based on remnant fabric and ghost evidence, and archival research. New hand-carved limestone matches the original, and light-weight substitute materials replaced the terra cotta. Even the long-lost domed spire, that once crowned the building’s rounded corner, was recreated and re-stalled.

The sumptuous double-height banking hall had been subdivided by a concrete slab and the finishes damaged or obscured. Fragments showed that the walls were Botticino Classico marble, while removing eight inches of terrazzo and concrete at the floor uncovered Tennessee Pink marble; marble was sourced from the original quarries and installed. Stripping paint from the upper walls revealed Caen stone plaster, inspiring craftspeople to revive the lost art of Caen stone to restore it. New windows match the missing originals, including massive steel windows of the banking hall. A new retail store front was based on historic drawings.

The planned 2020 opening was delayed by the pandemic, so the completed building is set to return to service in 2021.

Nine Orchard Project Team

  • Nine Orchard Partners, LLC - Kristen Korndoerfer, Andy Rifkin
  • David Kucera, Inc - David Kucera
  • Essex Works -Fabricio Ramos
  • Gace Engineering - Chris Behan, Nancy Wilks
  • Iconic Casting - Alex Arachovitis
  • Kerri Culhane
  • KNS Building Restoration - Anthony Ballato
  • Maximus - Gary Giordano
  • Metal Craft Vaclav Inc. - Vaclav Barina
  • O&D Builders - Frank Tutino
  • Robert Young & Sons - David Young
  • Seal - Pat Kaler
  • Studio Castellano Architect P.C. - Ron Castellano
  • The Verdin Company - Bob Marksberry

The Robert and Anne Dickey House - 67 Greenwich Street, Manhattan

Photo: Thornton Tomasetti

The Robert and Anne Dickey House is an 1810 four-story, Federal-style building in the heart of the Financial District. Surrounded by towers, it recalls another era, when Greenwich Street was the Park Avenue of its day. This local landmark features Flemish bond brickwork, a brownstone base, and an elliptical three window bay bow at the rear façade, representative of its era. The building had long been neglected and under-used, causing many to fear for its survival.

Those fears increased when plans were revealed for a new adjacent 40-story tower. That proved to be the House’s savior. Trinity Place Holdings undertook the stabilization and restoration of the Dickey House, and is adapting it for new use as a school.

The project team faced multiple challenges: to maintain the stability of the historic walls; ensure public safety; and make only minimal interventions even as field conditions changed. Early on, the interior was removed, and temporary bracing supported the shell. But as adjacent demolition progressed, the House experienced out-of-plane movement. When excavation for the new building began, the House experienced settlement, creating cracks. Engineers assessed the walls and cornice to understand the relationship between large cracks, voids, and bracing. Non-destructive evaluation, including surface-penetrating radar, determined the extent of voids in the mortar. The solutions included grout injection and installation of ties.

Remarkably, the removal and replacement of the original bricks was minimal. The Dickey House is more secure and closer to its historic appearance than it has been in decades.

The Robert and Anne Dickey House Project Team

  • Trinity Place Holdings - Charles Gans , Matthew Messinger
  • DeSimone Consulting Engineers - Stephen Desimone PE, Matthieu Peuler PE
  • FXCollaborative Architects LLP - Leslie Jenkins, Dan Kaplan FAIA, LEED AP
  • Gilbane Building Company - Elroy Pierre, Andres Sosa
  • Higgins Quasebarth & Partners - Elise Quasebarth, Cas Stachelberg
  • New York City School Construction Authority - Gordon Tung
  • Thornton Tomasetti - Charu Chaudhry LEED AP, Melissa Wong LEED AP

Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St Sava - 15 West 25th St, Manhattan

Photo: Brian Connolly

This award recognizes the first phase of the effort to restore and revive the landmark Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St Sava. In 2016, a catastrophic fire devastated the English Gothic revival-style church. It was designed by Richard Upjohn in the 1850s for Trinity Church, and is well-known as the church where Edith Wharton got married. St. Sava has occupied the church since 1943.

A 2016 fire at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St Sava, Manhattan

The fire was especially tragic as the congregation had recently completed a multi-million-dollar restoration of the Cathedral. That campaign took many years, drawing on the dedication of the local congregation and the larger Serbian community. The fire left a burnt-out shell, with the slate roof and stained-glass windows gone, and decorative Caen-stone interior walls shattered. The congregation considered full demolition. Instead, engineers found that the brownstone and schist walls could be stabilized. The congregation decided to rebuild.

First, high-strength safety-netting and scaffolding were installed. Most construction equipment was off-limits, so all debris was removed by hand. Next were new roof and floor structures, window and door enclosures, along with stone, slate and other repairs. The essential objective was to stabilize and protect the building from further deterioration while the congregation raises funds for a comprehensive restoration.

Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St Sava, Manhattan (Photo: Brian Connolly)

The Department of Buildings has indicated willingness to approve temporary use of the building again for the church’s annual high-holiday services. St. Sava has been saved, and the parish community has a spiritual home once more.

Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St Sava Project Team

  • Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America - His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej, Mark Cupkovic
  • Charles G. Michel Engineering - Scott Druskin, Charles Michel
  • GPJ O'Donoghue Contracting - Greg Graves, Gerry O'Donoghue, Pat O'Donoghue, Steve Vlahakis
  • Old Structures Engineering, PC - Don Friedman, Shaquana Lovell
  • Sciame Construction - John Randolph, Frank Sciame
  • Zivkovic Connolly Architects P.C. - Laura Cassar, Brian Connolly, Anthony Grisafi, Binu Matthew, Don Zivkovic

Sponsors

  • Acheson Doyle Partners Architects
  • The American Institute of Architects
  • Ascendant Neighborhood Development
  • Beyer Blinder Belle, Architects and Planners, LLP
  • Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
  • Columbia GSAPP
  • Compass
  • Dana Dentzer
  • E.W. Howell
  • Friends, Fans & Colleagues of Andrew Dolkart
  • Higgins Quasebarth & Partners LLC
  • The Howard Hughes Corporation
  • James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation
  • JFK&M Consulting Group LLC
  • The J.M. Kaplan Fund
  • Tom and Michele Kearns
  • KNS Building Restoration Inc.
  • Anne Kriken Mann
  • Marnie Pillsbury
  • PM ARCHITECTURE PC
  • Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America
  • Walter B Melvin Architects
  • Woodlawn Conservancy
  • WSP

Benefactors

  • A&J CONTRACTORS CO INC
  • Altieri
  • BKSK Architects
  • Larry Condon
  • Essex Works
  • GACE Consulting Engineers DPC
  • Julie Herzig
  • The Lotos Club
  • Mary B Dierickx Historic Preservation
  • Paul B Bailey Architect LLC
  • Nancy & Otis Pearsall
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Vertical Access LLC
  • West End Preservation Society
  • West New York Restoration of CT, Inc.

Friends

  • Erica Avrami
  • Simeon Bankoff
  • Therese Bernbach
  • Eileen Bohn
  • Valerie Bradley
  • Christel Brellochs
  • The Center at West Park
  • Evelyn Collier
  • Rita C. Chu
  • Femenella & Associates
  • Fred Basch Architect PLLC
  • Friends of the Lower East Side
  • GACE Consulting Engineers DPC
  • Gensler
  • Jill Gill
  • Jeffrey Jacobson
  • Stephen Johnson
  • Louise Laheurte
  • Brenda Levin
  • Margo Levine
  • LPE Engineering, PC
  • George McNeely
  • Ann Michell
  • Linda N.
  • Sarah Ripple
  • William Rockwell
  • Joseph Rosenberg
  • Save Harlem Now!
  • Seward Park Conservancy
  • Helene Silver
  • Judy Stanton
  • Thomas Phifer and Partners
  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • Marilyn Tuck
  • Robin Verges
  • WJE Engineers & Architects, P.C.
  • Barbara Yanni
  • Lori Zabar

ABOUT US - nylandmarks.org - From the smallest buildings to the most extraordinary landmarks, to our diverse neighborhoods, The New York Landmarks Conservancy preserves and protects the unique architectural heritage of the City we love.

We are on the frontlines, giving New York’s preservation needs a voice, advocating for sensible development, providing financial assistance and technical expertise—all to ensure that the character of our city continues to enrich the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

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Special Thanks: The Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.

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