Built between 1929 and 1930 to the designs of Emery Roth Architects, the Hotel Saint George Tower was the tallest hotel of its time in New York City. The 27th floor features an outdoor rooftop dining area that capitalizes on the tower's impressive city skyline view and is decorated by a forest of colorful terra cotta piers that conceal the building's many vent stacks. The Tower of the Former Saint George Hotel is located in New York City's first Historic District, Brooklyn Heights.


Full evaluation of the roof's existing conditions undertaken alongside the building's architect. Full roof replacement in conjunction with the design and installation of a sundeck and replacement of the damaged original terra cotta piers, with special attention being paid towards the preservation and restoration of the piers. All terra cotta units beyond resetting were replicated in true glazed architectural terra cotta. Samples of existing terra cotta were cleaned and sent to the fabricator for matching glazes to ensure a near perfect match to originals. Special structural consideration was given to the piers' high location to allow for proper reinforcement against wind loads upon replacement.

Owner: St. George Tower and Grill Owner's Corp., 111 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, New York

Budget: $1,900,000