Historic Preservation

Failure Portrait 1

We spend a lot of time with the issue of masonry veneer separation. During investigation, we look for signs that veneer has separated from the back-up masonry. In reports, we warn of the potential for veneer failure. In discussion with clients, we recommend pinning or otherwise stabilizing veneer. Sometimes we actually see the failure that …

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West Park Presbyterian Church

We are proud to be part of the team starting on the long-term restoration of the West Park Presbyterian Church. The link leads to the New York Landmarks Conservancy web page describing their advocacy and role in promoting the restoration of this beautiful building. The fourth picture in the NYLC page slideshow is Don, in …

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Historic Structural Detail 2

Even when dealing with large and unsubtle structure, small details often provide important information. The picture below shows the underside of a floor in a loft building constructed in the 1920s. (Some tenant decided that dark gray paint would look nice.) Given that New York is full of concrete-encased steel floor beams, the question comes …

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NYC Media

The official New York City website has a section called “NYC Media” that includes short video clips on various topics of interest to city residents. In the “Life” section is a subsection called “Blueprint | NYC” that contains videos on various landmarks. It began with City Hall and Gracie Mansion but has since moved on …

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