The last project we want to mention with regard to this year’s Lucy Moses Awards is Child’s Restaurant. It’s a New York City Landmark on the historic and just-landmarked Coney Island Boardwalk. It was designed in 1923 by Dennison & Hiron, in the Spanish Colonial Revival style with sea-creatures in the terra cotta details. Originally opened as part of the popular Child’s Restaurant chain, the restaurant was closed in 1952. It was later used as a candy factory until the 1980s and then abandoned.

As part of the public-private venture to revamp Coney Island, the building was converted to a combined theater and restaurant. Old Structures designed repairs to the remaining historic masonry: the facade is brick, covered with sand-colored stucco and maritime-themed terra cotta ornament. Our work focussed on analysis and repairs to the original masonry, and was coordinated with the replication, repair, and resetting of ornamental terra cotta.

In 2016 part of the revitalized building was reopened as the Ford Amphitheater and a rooftop restaurant. In 2017, the remaining indoor space was opened to the public, as Kitchen 21, a five-in-one restaurant venue.

Lucy Moses Award: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

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 […]

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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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Lucy Moses Award: The Hadrian

May 14, 2018

Old Structures is proud to have worked on four projects that won Lucy Moses Awards last week. First up, the Hadrian, a 1903 apartment house at Broadway and 80th Street. (That picture is from 1910 and gives a good feeling what it looked like in the early years.) Most of the real-estate boom at the […]

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Angela Nappi

December 5, 2017

A short note for a big event: Angie has passed her exams and is now a New York State Professional Engineer.

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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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Recertified As A B Corp

March 23, 2017

Old Structures Engineering has been recertified as a B Corp, a process that takes place every two years. This was our first recertification and my overall feeling is that it’s nice to know that our original certification wasn’t a fluke. There were two interesting aspects to taking the B Assessment for the second time. The first […]

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March 8, 2017

The last I heard, there were still a few seats available for this week’s symposium at the Skyscraper Museum, titled The Rise of the Skyscraper City: ​All the Tall Buildings in Manhattan, 1874-1900.​ All of the information is at the link, but here it is anyway: Thursday, 5PM to 6PM, Carol Willis will give a tour […]

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March 5, 2017

Old Structures is now on Instagram. The image-centric nature of Instagram means that the posts there won’t exactly follow this blog, but they will parallel it most of the time. Besides, there was no way here to fit in the picture of me in a pink hard hat. Also, the picture above has nothing to […]

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The Uptown Acropolis

January 6, 2017

Audubon Terrace, photo credit to NewYorkDolls: There is, by an accident of history and over-optimistic planning, a miniature acropolis at Broadway and 155th Street, called Audubon Terrace. Had New York developed as London did – a wide-spread low-rise city of roughly uniform density – Audubon Terrace might have become the true cultural center it was […]

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