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  • 2012 Brick in Architecture Awards Competition Gold Winner

    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

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    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
    Website: www.www.hensonarchitect.com
    Builder Name: Viles Contracting
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    Brick Manufacturer Name: The McAvoy Brick Company
    Website: www.mcavoybrick.com
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    Photographer Name: Jack Kucy
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    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.

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  • Conservancy President, Peg Breen talks about the awards

    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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