Historic Preservation

The Other End Of The Spectrum

Yesterday I laid out some of the issues involved with restoration of one of the most famous buildings in the world. Today, as the picture above suggests, I want to look at the question of whether preservation as a field has anything meaningful to say about buildings that are not famous, were never famous, and …

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Notre Dame and Preservation Philosophy

Marie and I have each taken a stab at discussing the fire at Notre Dame, but it seems there’s more to discuss. The implications of the damage and restoration may well be news for the next twenty years. Even as people are trying to stabilize the masonry and remove the tangled mess of scaffold from …

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Nothing Is Easy

270 Park Avenue, a late-1950s skyscraper, is currently being demolished. The picture above shows the south side of the building at street level. Those two sentences are just about the only thing that I can say that are undisputed fact, as everything else on this topic is either politically and architecturally fraught or is speculation …

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The GMDC Ozone Park Industrial Center

It feels a little funny to write a blog post about a project that’s been on our website for months, but sometimes that’s how things turn out. We’ve worked on several projects for the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center; the factory in Ozone Park is the latest and in many ways our favorite. In short, …

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