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The exhibition opened last Saturday, October 1st in the West 4th Street Subway Station and it looks great! The exhibition includes all of the over 200 entries and will be on view for the month of October. There will also be a reception on October 19th—more details to come shortly.

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter presents New York New Work. The AIA New York Chapter (AIANY), founded in 1857, is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter's members include over 4,500 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development. New York New York presents the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe. The projects lining these ramps are large and small, public and private, commercial and residential, interiors and facades, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, restoration and urban design.



New York New Work is presented as part of Archtober, the inagural month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City.

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2011 Subway Exhibition

Building on the success of our past subway exhibitions, the AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture will open New York New Work in October of 2011 at the West 4th Street subway station.

In an effort to show the range of design ideas generated by AIA New York Chapter members during our economic down-turn, this year’s call includes un-built competition entries, theoretical projects and design research, in addition to commissioned projects around the world by Chapter members. New York New Work solicits works of all scales and types – small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape and urban design – presenting the scope and quality of work being done by AIA New York Chapter members across the globe.

This highly visible exhibition will offer a snapshot of current practice and celebrate the diversity of the Chapter’s membership. AIA New York Chapter members are invited to participate by submitting up to four (4) projects for display in the subway station for the month of October. In addition to the work exhibited in the subway station, all entrants will be included in an online gallery on the Chapter's website (with links to their websites). New York New Work will be promoted as part of Archtober, a month-long festival of architectural activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City, organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with other institutions, including the Cooper-Hewitt, Design Trust for Public Space, openhousenewyork and many others.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

October 8 - November 4, 2012


2012 Subway Show Building on the success of our past subway exhibitions, the AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture will open Design by New York in October of 2012 at the West 4th Street subway station. This year we are offering three image formats and sizes; with these new options members can submit images of supertall towers and panoramic landscapes! Click here for more details

Exciting News!

We received the Lucy Moses Preservation Award from The New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation efforts, for the Engelhardt Addition of the Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory. Find out more about our project here. The Awards ceremony will be at Williamsburgh Savings Bank – 175 Broadway, Brooklyn (an Award winner) on Tuesday, May 6, starting at 6:00pm, with a reception starting at around 7:00.  

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WHEN: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Check-in: 6:00 Ceremony: 6:30 Reception: 7:30

WHERE: Williamsburgh Savings Bank – 175 Broadway, Brooklyn
Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets or contact Jenna Smith 212.995.5260 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has been a leader in preserving, restoring, and reusing New York City’s architectural legacy for 40 years. The Moses Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation work. Named in honor of dedicated New Yorker Lucy G. Moses, the annual Awards have recognized hundreds of leaders, organizations, architects, crafts people and building owners for their extraordinary contributions in preserving our City. Preservation Awards are given to projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use of historic buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes that preserve commercial, residential, institutional, religious, and public buildings. The Conservancy is grateful for the generous support of the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund. The Preservation Leadership Award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual in the field of historic preservation. Past honorees include Ruth Abram, Wint Aldrich, Tony Avella, Kent Barwick, John Belle, Simon Breines, Giorgio Cavaglieri, Kenneth Cobb, Stanley Cogan, Joan K. Davidson, Franny Eberhart, Kenneth K. Fisher, James Marston Fitch, Margot Gayle, Anne Van Ingen, Judith Kaye, Sarah Bradford Landau, Helen M. Marshall, Joan Maynard, Evelyn and Everett Ortner, Nancy and Otis Pratt Pearsall, Adolf K. Placzek, Jan Hird Pokorny, Henry Hope Reed, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Vincent Scully and Robert Silman.  

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Victorian Society Preservation Award 2013

Exciting news! The Board of the Victorian Society voted unanimously to award an acommendation for the renovation of the Banner Building. The Society's awards dinner will be held in St. Augustine, FL, on April 27.

Historic preservation was a founding principle of the Victorian Society in America - and since 1966 we have supported preservation efforts throughout the United States.


Conratulations Team!

Gold Winner: 2012 Brick in Architecture Awards Project: 38 Gramercy Park North Residential – Multi-Family

38 Gramercy Park North

New York, New York

Architect: Scott Henson Architect LLC

Builder: Viles Contracting

Manufacturer: The McAvoy Brick Company

Mason Contractor: Viles Contracting

Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek

View Photo Gallery, Click here.

Award: Gold Award
Sub-Category: Residential - Multi Family
Entry Name: 38 Gramercy Park North
Project City: New York
Project State: New York
General Project Overview: 38 Gramercy Park North, a 5-story co-op building just outside New York City’s Gramercy Park Historic District was originally constructed in the mid-1800s as three separate buildings. In the early 1920s it was converted into a single structure and re-clad in a Neo-Tudor style façade. In 2007 the co-op hired Scott Henson Architect LLC to restore the exterior of the building which had fallen into disrepair. Once inspections commenced however, it became clear that the facade’s half-timber and stucco cladding were beyond salvage. After careful consideration of several options, the architect decided to re-clad the building in a new brick and cast stone façade reminiscent of its 3 predecessors.
Green Building: The preservation, re-use, and recycling of historic buildings is an effective tool for the sustainable stewardship of our environmental resources, including those resources that have already been expended in their construction. The use of new clay facebrick at 38 Gramercy Park North accomplished the project goal of a unified façade while permitting the re-use of the three original buildings substructure, preserving much of the embodied energy of the materials used for their construction. Through this approach, the project embodies some of the most beneficial green strategies in building construction and reinforces the importance and value of historic preservation in sustainability.
Architect Firm Name: Scott Henson Architect LLC
Builder Name: Viles Contracting
Brick Manufacturer Name: The McAvoy Brick Company
Brick Distributor Name:  
Photographer Name: Jack Kucy
Photographer Name: Joe Polowczuk
Additional Credits: Structural Engineer Phillip Murray Gilsanz Murray Steficek 129 West 27th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10001 (212) 254-0030 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2012 Brick in Architecture Awards Competition Announces Winners

2012 Brick in Architecture Award Winners - Photo Gallery

2012 Brick in Architecture Award Winners - Complete List

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs - the Brick in Architecture Awards. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. As such, the Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick. Architectural and design firms from around the country can enter their best material to be judged by a jury of their peers. Any work of residential or non-residential architecture completed within the last five years, in which brick is the dominant building material, is eligible.

Our competitions are conducted entirely online. For ease and convenience, this includes all aspects of registration and entry submission. Entrants are able to revise and enhance their submissions at any point up until the competition's closing date. A firm may submit multiple entries if desired, either within the same category or among multiple categories.

We cordially invite you to submit your best work to the competition! As the largest and most prestigious juried awards program of its kind, the Brick in Architecture Awards showcase the best work in clay face and paving brick from architects across the country in the following categories: • Commercial * • Educational / Schools ** • Health Care Facilities • House of Worship • Municipal / Government / Civic • Residential – Single Family • Residential – Multi-Family • Paving & Landscape Architecture * Includes retail, banking, restaurants, hotels, office/corporate buildings, town centers, mixed use, sporting facilities, theater/arts centers, parking garages, etc. ** Includes residence halls & academic/administrative buildings Best in Class winners will receive national recognition through a special Brick in Architecture insert in the November 2012 issue of Architect Magazine! Other winners will be listed in the insert as well as in Brick News Online. All entrants will be featured on BIA’s Brick Photo Gallery.

Conservancy Hosts 22nd Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The New-York Historical Society Some 450 people packed The New-York Historical Society on April 25 to applaud an impressive list of Moses winners from across the City. They ranged from a Brooklyn church that painstakingly refinished its Renaissance Revival sanctuary, to Edgar Allen Poe’s Cottage in the Bronx, to the Central Park Police Precinct, where the facades of a historic stable complex have been cleaned and restored and a new canopy roof has added additional space for precinct functions.

Acclaimed preservation architect John Belle received the Preservation Leadership Award while Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin received the Public Leadership Award. The coveted awards, nicknamed the “Preservation Oscars,” laud outstanding preservation work. They are named for Lucy Goldschmidt Moses, a dedicated New Yorker whose generosity benefited the City for more than 50 years. The Awards have recognized over 200 individuals, organizations and building owners for their extraordinary contributions to the City.

“This is one of the most joyous occasions for us at the Conservancy because we get to celebrate the people and projects that maintain the City’s extraordinary architectural heritage,” said Peg Breen, president of the Conservancy. “The time and care that went into completing these projects demonstrate New Yorkers’ commitment to preserving the entire range of the City’s historic architecture.” John Belle, FAIA, a founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP, received the Preservation Leadership Award for his work in helping New Yorkers see the great urban spaces all around them, waiting to be discovered, restored, and reused, including the South Street Seaport, Grand Central Terminal, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

In a career that has spanned over 40 years, he has received three Presidential Design Awards, the nation’s highest design award for public architecture. He joined the Conservancy Board in 1985, served two years as President of the Board, and is now a member of the Conservancy’s Advisory Council. Council Members Lander and Levin received a shared Public Leadership Award for the courage they showed in upholding the City’s Landmarks law and facing down harsh opposition to the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, Brooklyn.

The Banner Building is mentioned in the video with Peg Breen.

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Congratulations team! We received the Moses Award (The New York Landmarks Conservancy) for the Banner Building, the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation efforts. The Awards ceremony will be at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (an Award winner) on Wednesday, April 25, starting at 6:00pm, with a reception starting at around 7:00. Peg Breen, the Conservancy president, will make the presentation with a powerpoint and a few comments about each project.   

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Check-in 5:30 Ceremony: 6:00 Reception: 7:00

Where: The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West

Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets or contact Jenna Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 212.995.5260


About the Awards

The Moses Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation efforts. Named in honor of dedicated New Yorker and noted philanthropist Lucy G. Moses, the Awards recognize the property owners, builders, architects, artisans, and designers who renew the beauty and utility of New York City’s distinctive architecture. The annual Moses Awards celebrate the success of historic preservation and its role in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the City. Preservation Awards are given to projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use of historic buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes that preserve commercial, residential, institutional, religious, and public buildings. Other possible categories include community groups or organizations that foster neighborhood revitalization.

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The Very Best in Preservation

Recipients of the 2011 National Preservation Awards include individuals and projects epitomizing ...

By Magazine Editors | From Preservation | November/December 2011


Pamela Bates Credit: Matt Teuten

The Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement: Pamela Bates, Lowell's Boat Shop

Pamela Bates grew up landlocked in Longmeadow, Mass. But as the daughter of an accomplished fly-fisherman, "I was always gravitating toward the water," she says. In the 1970s, she and her husband moved to the Massachusetts coast and discovered Lowell's Boat Shop, then a commercial boat-building operation: "I would just go to the boat shop for the joy of purchasing oar locks," she says. 

The country's oldest continuously operating boat shop, Lowell's was founded in 1793 on a stretch of the Merrimack River about 40 miles northeast of Boston. Known for its wooden dories, the shop remained in the Lowell family until 1976, when it was sold. Lowell's changed hands again in 1992, when the Newburyport Maritime Society acquired the property and committed to preserving the boat shop as a working museum. But little more than a decade later, its commitment was imperiled. Unable to support the shop financially, the society was forced to sell. With developers eyeing the prime waterfront location, Bates assembled a coalition (later called the Lowell's Maritime Foundation) which purchased the landmark.

The nonprofit took title in 2007 and has operated Lowell's ever since. Bates serves as the foundation's executive director. In that time, says her colleague Graham McKay, the number of employees grew from zero to three, the shop received grant funding for a new roof and windows, and boat production increased from one boat per year to eight. Lowell's, he says, "has gone from being quiet and unwelcoming to a vibrant and inviting working museum.

For all this work, Pam Bates has not received one penny." Focused on preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building, Lowell's remains "a well-kept secret," Bates says, but she is determined to change that. She hopes to expand existing dock space to accommodate more waterfront programming and start a rowing program for patients recovering from serious illnesses or those with special needs. Because every boat assembled at Lowell's is handcrafted, she has a particular interest in establishing an apprentice program. Bates has dedicated herself to Lowell's for almost a decade but has no plans to retire. "The boat shop has a way of capturing people," she says. "It's a piece of living history … part of my heart."    

American Brewery

As seen from the back seat of George Holback's family station wagon more than 50 years ago, the American Brewery building in East Baltimore was "a place the Addams family might have lived." The five-story, Victorian-era structure, built in 1887 for the J.F. Wiessner & Sons Brewing Co., "was a big, scary, intimidating building," Holback says. "But I knew it as the building I wanted to work on." Holback got his chance in early 2008, when Humanim, a nonprofit social services agency, chose his architectural firm, Cho Benn Holback + Associates, to design the rehabilitation of the building, which is located in one of Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods, north of the Inner Harbor. A $375,000 loan from the National Trust Loan Fund was used to stabilize the brewery, and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation pitched in $5.4 million in historic and new markets tax credit equity. Holes in the mansard roof, broken windows, and an interior filled with pigeon droppings at least six inches deep were just some of the challenges that work crews had to address during the 16-month, $24 million adaptive use project. Humanim moved into the old brewery in April 2009.

Offices and meeting spaces now fill rooms that once contained conveyor belts and grain chutes, and a new lighting system reveals architectural and industrial details obscured for decades. Last year, the Maryland Historical Trust recognized the success of the rehabilitation with its Project Excellence Award. "You can see this building from all over the city, poking up over Clifton Park," says Holback. "Now knitted into the old industrial relic is the story of a nonprofit trying to bring change to that area."  

Acworth Meetinghouse

For nearly two centuries, a beloved icon known locally as the Church on the Hill towered above the rooftops of Acworth, N.H. When residents noticed in 2005 that the steeple atop Acworth Meetinghouse was leaning, they sprang into action to save the 1821 building. In January 2006, the steeple was removed and lowered onto pylons on the town common. Following recommendations from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources and using a grant from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, members of the restoration committee worked with timber-frame preservation specialist Arron Sturgis to complete a project assessment. With grants and private donations forthcoming, they initiated a five-year restoration. Crews repaired water damage in the church basement and stabilized the bell tower from the bottom up, replacing rotten wood and bolstering posts. They also rewired the building, added exterior storm windows, repaired the shutters, and repainted the walls. (The renovated church also has accessible bathrooms and a much-needed kitchen.) In June 2009, the people of Acworth watched as the historic steeple was hoisted back into place. By the time the restoration committee disbanded earlier this year, members had raised more than $330,000 for the nearly $640,000 project. Sturgis calculates that, by relying on local craftspeople, he cut projected costs by as much as 30 percent.

Engaging the community in both grassroots fundraising and restoration earned the project high marks in the eyes of Preservation Awards judges. Kathi Bradt, who worked for the Meetinghouse Restoration Committee, says that the fully restored building is "remarkable … it's like a wedding cake sitting here in the middle of town."  

Downtown Women's Center

The residents of the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles have found a fresh start in their new home on San Pedro Street. And the same can be said of the center's 1926 Gothic Revival structure, which reopened last December after a $26 million restoration. Pica+Sullivan Architects transformed the space into a full-service facility for homeless and low-income women living on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Per their plans, crews repaired the crumbling facade, updated all mechanical systems, and completed seismic work to bring the building up to code. They also created 71 new residential units with private baths and kitchenettes. Each residential floor features common areas, including computer and exercise rooms. There is also a library and a rooftop garden. The ground floor of the LEED Silver-certified building now houses a six-room health clinic, a small pharmacy, offices for a psychiatrist and social workers, and a mammogram room.

Forty local designers donated time and resources to decorate the apartment units and common spaces, creating an environment that CEO Lisa Watson calls a source of pride for the women at the center. And the residents were consulted every step of the way to ensure they had a voice in the creation of their new home. "It's a great example of how good design makes such an impact on our lives," says Site Director Joseph Altepeter, echoing the thoughts of the Awards jurors who recognized the center for its ambitious restoration of a historic building.  

Seashore Farmers' Lodge 

The Seashore Farmers' Lodge on the tiny barrier island of Sol Legare, S.C., was erected in 1915 to serve freedmen and their families who could not secure loans or insurance policies at white-run banks and firms in the segregated South. "This was our community center, this was our church, it was our school, it was our funeral home," local resident Ernest L. Parks says. "It was everything." The site has a distinguished history. The famed 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first official black unit to fight in the Civil War, camped there before the Battle of Sol Legare and the assault on Fort Wagner (made famous in the film Glory) in 1863. The building was constructed by residents who collected contributions toward the cost of materials. But by the 1960s, limited funds, tropical storms, and the northern migration of many African Americans had nearly doomed the structure. After residents built a new community center down the road in the 1970s, the lodge was left abandoned for almost 30 years. In 2005, Parks returned to his hometown after years away and joined Bill "Cubby" Wilder, a former town councilman, in trying to save the deteriorating lodge. At Wilder's urging, the Town of James Island (which had authority over Sol Legare) offered $55,000 to jump-start restoration work in 2006.

The lodge's appearance on the A&E program Flip This House, and a 2007 listing on the National Register of Historic Places, attracted additional volunteer attention and funding. Starting in March 2009, workers shored up the side of the building; removed, cleaned, and replaced pine siding; hand-dug continuous footers where the lodge's original palm trunk foundation had rotted; and replaced a hurricane-damaged balcony. Members of the Concerned Citizens of Sol Legare Foundation's Ad Hoc Committee and other volunteers collected furniture and heirlooms to display inside.

Innovative educational programming is one reason the project was recognized by Preservation Awards judges. Initial estimates to rescue the lodge neared $400,000. Yet when the lodge reopened in April, total costs were less than $140,000. "There's nothing like this," says Corie Hipp, the project's marketing coordinator. "Nothing like this anywhere."

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Gramercy Neighborhood Associates Inc.

Annual GNA Meeting and Celebration of Gramercy January 26, 2011 Annual Celebration of Gramercy event will be held on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 6:30pm at the Brotherhood Synagogue on Gramercy Park. O. Aldon James, current President of The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park, will be our guest speaker. 

Annual Gramercy building restoration award will be announced in addition to the winners of our Annual Photography Contest at the event.

Celebration of Gramercy GNA photo contest winner!

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