Historic Preservation


Three projects that OSE worked on have won 2021 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. That’s good news and, considering that the awards are given to the project as a whole, it’s good news for a lot of firms other than just us. Our congratulations to all, since successful completion …

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A Preservation Masterclass

I probably should have put this up sooner, but here we are. On Tuesday, noon Greenwich Time, I’ll be delivering a virtual lecture – in UK-speak, a masterclass – for the Scottish Center for Conservation. The title is Conservation of “Unimportant” Buildings, and I’ll be discussing the intersection of historic preservation philosophy and ordinary buildings. …

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Conference Reminders

The Structural Engineers Association of New York annual conference is being held virtually this Thursday and Friday: “Maintaining the Past: Modifications & Retrofits to Existing Buildings.” The Northeast Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology annual symposium is being held virtually this Friday: “Disasters and How We Overcome Them.” Through a spectacular failure of planning …

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The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

I took the picture above a few days ago, walking through Battery Park. That’s Castle Clinton with a construction fence around most of it and two trailers parked in front for contractors’ use. The building was constructed more than 200 years ago as a fort to protect Manhattan from an attack by sea; it has …

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The Majesty of the Law

That’s an Underhill photo above, of the rotunda at the interior of the Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City, New Jersey. Here’s a HABS photo of the exterior: It is, as you may have noticed, a massive Beaux Arts building, constructed shortly after 1900, while the full effect of the classical-architectural revival kick-started by the …

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