Lucy Moses Award: St. Mary the Virgin

Two project that we worked on received Lucy Moses awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy this year. The first is the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, at 145 West 46th Street in Manhattan. It was designed by Pierre L. LeBrun of Napoleon LeBrun & Sons in 1894, in a thirteenth-century French Gothic motif. Per the Landmarks Designation Report, and reporting from the …

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Staff News

Just in time for the year being half-over, we’ve got a lot of staff news, and all of it good. First, Melanie McCloy is joining OSE today as an engineer, after graduating from Princeton in May. She can be reached at and extension 406. Ellen Key is moving from engineer to project manager, Shaquana …

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More News: The South Bushwick Reformed Church

After all this time, I still find it disorienting to read the news and find one of our projects being discussed. In this case, it’s the end (or nearly so) of a long saga for the South Bushwick Reformed Church in Brooklyn, a beautiful wood-frame building from 1853 that looks like it belongs on a …

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The Morgan Library

Structural engineers working on buildings get used to anonymity. Even if a building has a daring structural design, most (or, often, all) of the press will name the architect rather than the engineer. In renovation projects, which make up nearly all of our firm’s design work, engineers are even less likely to receive much recognition. …

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Behind the Scenes

Old Structures is tinkering with some of the machinery that keeps our web presence running. The website will remain up at its main address ( and our regular emails will be functioning at the ” ” addresses. The .com website and emails will be down for the next day or so. Don’t worry, we’re …

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