Three! Count ’em! Three!

Probe at a loft building in Brooklyn to find the size of the floor joists above. The contractor did exactly what I asked: he cut open the ceiling. Except… The figured tin ceiling, which was the one I asked the contractor to remove, was the third ceiling in the space. If you look at the …

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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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A Strange Assignment

As I was trawling through the Underhill collection at the Library of Congress, I stumbled over another building that I have a personal connection to: 95 Maiden Lane. I worked on hypothetical repairs in 1988 or 89 and I have no idea if any of them were ever performed. I was only at the building …

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Failure Portrait: Not Yet

An office building in midtown has a slight rusting problem… The column is still performing adequately, still carrying load. Obviously, if it continued to deteriorate that would end at some time, but since the project we’re part of includes both reinforcing the steel and waterproofing it, that unfortunate outcome will not happen. This level of …

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