Landmarks Preservation

Skyscraper Curtain Wall Replacement

Skyscraper Curtain Wall Replacement

Photo credit: AP Photo/Alan Welner   When Philippe Petit walked a high wire strung between the World Trade Center towers, the world was amazed by his grace and daring as he walked on air nearly a quarter-mile above the ground. Today a different kind of dare-devil can be seen hovering above the sidewalk: the crane operators and construction crews that replace curtain...

Working with Historic Preservation Societies on Building Restoration

Working with Historic Preservation Societies on Building Restoration

Historic preservation societies are the advocates, guardians, and staunch defenders of the historic built environment. They keep long-standing buildings and neighborhoods safe through advocacy for landmark designation and zoning changes that monitor and regulate new development. These organizations provide not only leadership and education, but resources, support, and expertise to the architects and builders who preserve historic structures for the next generation to use and enjoy. These...

Architects Preserving History

Architects Preserving History

What most people think architects do: imagine and draw. What architects really do: design and innovate.   Many architects take it a step further and specialize. In New York City there are a number of full service architectural firms that could even be called historians because of their commitment to preserving architectural history. The Preservation Expertise Preservation is more than just restoring the integrity of a structure...

A Brief History Of The Fleming Smith Warehouse

A Brief History Of The Fleming Smith Warehouse

Located on the lower west side of Manhattan, the Fleming Smith Warehouse is situated on the southeast corner of Washington and Watts Streets in the neighborhood now known as TriBeCa. Prior to its transformation into a commercial center during the mid-19th century, TriBeCa was among the first residential neighborhoods to develop beyond the boundaries of colonial New York City, with...