Lucy Moses Award: The Piros Residence

The Piros Residence is the first of three projects that we worked on and which won 2016 Lucy Moses Awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. I’ll describe the other two later this week. As always with awards, we must remember that the award goes to the project, and that Old Structures was on a team working on the building. …

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The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava

In the summer of 1996, I first started work on the Cathedral of St. Sava, on 25th Street just west of Fifth Avenue, as a consultant to William Stivale. The initial work was a review of the condition of the roof trusses, which were exposed within the sanctuary space, but the project later encompassed exterior restoration. …

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Road Trip: Cast Iron

A few beautiful cruciform-section cast-iron columns on Clink Street in London: The prison on Clink Street was burned down in 1780, and 1780-1800 sounds about right for cast iron to have been used in the construction of a warehouse or factory in London. A cruciform section is less efficient for column use than the more-common hollow-round or …

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Not Just Structure: Hanging Incidentals

Mona took a picture of a random, minor detail that is stranger than most of the work-related details we see. That’s a bunch of baskets hung just below the ceiling from ropes on pulleys. Apparently this was a locker room without lockers: people would put their belongings in a basket, pull the rope to raise …

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