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Lucy Moses Award: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

The church, completed circa 1837, was the first of the English-parish-style Gothic churches built in this country, and guided builders of other churches in this style. The land for the church was donated by Clement Clarke Moore, best known for his poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” and St. Peter’s was the center of the …

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Lucy Moses Award: Public Bath Number 7

Another Lucy Moses winner that Old Structures worked on is a gem of a building located at 227 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. The building was completed in 1910 as Brooklyn’s Public Bath No. 7, and was described as being the most ornate public bath in the borough. The building is a City landmark, and is …

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Bathing Steel

There was an article recently in the Brownstoner about a project to restore the last public bath to have opened in New York City, later known as the Brooklyn Lyceum. Old Structures was brought in to assist in designing anchorage for the large, projecting cornice but ended up also designing supplemental steel at the perimeter of …

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Window Tracery As Structure

When a structural engineer tells a colleague that they are working on a window restoration project, the colleague might say, “But windows are not a structural element in a building, other than keeping wind and weather out.” That statement is correct; if you remove the windows from a building, the structural still stands. However when …

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Is it okay to move your neighbor’s building?

This post is not about how people move structures, like the Hamilton Grange or Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, fascinating stuff. This post is about something that is occurring more frequently in New York City than in the past, it is unintended, and is directly related to the construction boom going on recently in the city. Although …

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