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Lucy Moses Award: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

by Marie Ennis on May 16, 2018


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 community through the nineteenth century. The random ashlar masonry is comprised of Manhattan Schist blocks set in a lime based mortar; weathering stones, entry steps, and other features are dressed granite.

Old Structures Engineering was brought in by the building conservator, to prepare structural repair documents for a phased renovation of the building, which had not had been maintained in nearly thirty years. The new church Pastor recognized the woeful conditions and was able to solicit a significant donation to begin work.




The initial phase addressed unsafe conditions at the four corner piers through disassembly and relaying of stones with stainless steel reinforcement. The next phase of work was to repair and replace the roof, which required deep grouting of the upper walls, replacement of rotted timber sills, repair to damaged timber truss ends, and leveling/reinforcing sagging roof rafters. The tin roof was replaced with a standing seam aluminum in a color matched to original fabric remnants. Unsafe plaster was removed and debris netting installed throughout the sanctuary to allow for use of the building until the funds are raised to address the elaborate, vaulted plaster ceiling.

I was the Principal-in-Charge, Gabriel Pardo Redondo was the Project Lead Engineer.

Project Planner & Owner’s Representative: William J. Stivale

Piers Masonry Contractor: West New York Restoration

Roof Contractor: Seaboard Waterproofing

Lucy Moses Award: Public Bath Number 7

May 15, 2018

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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Catching Up On People

November 8, 2017

Two interesting articles on firms and employees: on office manuals and new employees, and on emerging professionals. Linking to them is my way of saying that I’ve neglected talking about people for a while and we’ve been hiring. Our new people, in alphabetical order, are: Tawhid Chowdhury, who has a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from […]

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Looking for a Project Manager

April 10, 2017

And now for something completely different… Old Structures is looking for a project manager. I’m going to describe who we’re looking for in this blog post and trust that if anyone reading is interested they’ll get in touch, or if anyone reading knows someone who might be interested they’ll forward a link to this post to their friend. […]

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Our New Home

December 13, 2016

This Friday, we’ll be moving the office to 90 Broad Street. The move itself is about five blocks, which is nothing much, but the new space is significantly larger. Anyone who’s ever had a meeting at our old office will greatly appreciate that we will now have a proper conference room, rather than a fishbowl […]

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Bannerman Island, Again

September 27, 2016

Bannerman’s Island in 2003: This article in Brownstoner is a nice description of the history and buildings of Bannerman Island, even if we’re not mentioned. Our first phase of bracing for the arsenal and the flagpoles for the Constellation art installation are quite prominent in the top photo. Given that this is the third time […]

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Mona Abdelfatah Is A PE

August 24, 2016

Mona Abdelfatah recently passed the professional engineering exam and is now a licensed PE in New York State. She received an undergraduate degree from UC San Diego in Structural Engineering and had a couple of years of experience with renovation and new construction projects before coming to Old Structures in 2011. At OSE, she has […]

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More Communication

August 13, 2016

Old Structures now has a Twitter account: Old Structures. For now, it’s going to be mostly links to our blog updates, but that’s not so bad because if you have a Twitter account, following us there will be the easiest way to find our new posts. Of course, this post itself is being linked on Twitter, […]

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Lucy Moses Award: The Coignet Stone Company Building

May 6, 2016

The 2015 Lucy Moses Award that I want to talk about the most is the Coignet Stone Company Building. The Piros Residence is nice, but it’s one rowhosue among many; St. Paul’s Chapel is nice, but it’s famous and has been well maintained. The Coignet Stone building, on the other hand is odd enough to […]

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Lucy Moses Award: St. Paul’s Chapel

May 5, 2016

The Lucy Moses Award for the work at St. Paul’s Chapel actually encompasses a number of linked projects. The exterior masonry was restored in several phases, including the front and rear porches and the facades in general, the roof and spire were reclad, and the surrounding churchyard was upgraded. Old Structures worked on several portions […]

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