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The Rehabilitation of The Tracy Mansion

The Tracy Mansion, located on 8th Avenue between President and Carroll Street in the Park Slope Historic District, is a spectacular 50’ wide mansion that is considered the single most notable example of a Neo-Classical townhouse in the district. The house was designed by renowned architect Frank J. Helmle for the John Tracy family, who made their fortune in the

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Scott Henson Awarded Ortner Award for Rehabilitation of The Tracy Mansion

Presentations have been made for the Evelyn and Everett Ortner Preservation Awards, given annually to projects in Park Slope by a community organization called the Park Slope Civic Council. Recipients of the awards are selected by an independent jury of experts in architecture, historic preservation and community engagement. The awards honor Evelyn and Everett Ortner, who were “early and vigorous

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New York City’s Renewable Roof Design

As part of the 2015 State Energy Plan, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that by 2030, 50 percent of the state’s power shall come from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric. Cuomo’s mandate echoes a similar policy in Germany, a nation that has implemented renewable policies and has gotten as much as 85% of the nation’s energy from

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Historic Building Preservation Is Technically Feasible

Many people are concerned about historic building preservation because they’re under the impression that all historic buildings can’t truly be restored. People are often used to the notion that buildings need to be constantly replaced rather than updated. This is a mindset that is very common in many cultures, and it is very much a cultural construction. There are buildings

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