Shutter Dogs


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Preservation architects have a plethora of skill sets. Some we perform everyday, others not so often. We suspend from sides of buildings to review facades up close. We develop intricate details for modern interventions into historic fabric. Rarely, though, do we get the opportunity to observe, catalogue, and organize historic shutter hardware! CTA was tasked with reviewing salvaged shutter hardware, testing it’s operability, and cataloguing each piece for possible reuse or replication. We will then incorporate detailed drawings of these pieces into the restoration drawings, calling out existing pieces to be restored and reinstalled, or for new pieces to be made to match the existing. 

by Chelsea Brandt

 

Where one can imagine the French countryside

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Everyone knows New Yorkers create rooftop hideaways to distance themselves from the hustle and bustle below. I always see lush garden patios, but one Tribeca roof stood out to me. Instead of a garden, the elevator bulkhead was transformed into a miniature Le Corbusier villa where one can imagine they are in the French countryside.

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-- by Charlotte Parsons

 

It's a Match!

This terra cotta lion head (left) was replaced with glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) lion head (right) from Vestacast. The GFRC replacements provide an identical match to color, form and iron spots in comparison with the original.

 

 

 

by Bradley Heraux

 

Old San Juan

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So let me suckle on the
Sun-baked breast that was
This day and pour
Its glory over my head
With the baptismal sea
Til I can't see a thing

Let it all come now
The old woman with withered hand gripping
The wilted cane by the weathered church
The young girl shy and sly by the shore
The lovers lost in a moment we cannot penetrate
The hungry doves that do not ask but wait for a kindness
The reluctant pilgrim pushing onward
The relentless lullaby of the waves
The prodigal stranger in his native womb

Ancestral bones lying by the waves
Let this all come
Absolve me of the
Life-drenched-light-stained collar
That gives pause to the jealous night
Then Lord, let it pass

--Guillermo Veloso

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by Bohan Liu

 

One Does Want a Hint of Color

I like color. And not just regular color, but bold color, bright color, pastel color. I’ve had hair that might be best described as “watermelon eleganza,” my wardrobe’s color palette suggests I’m ready year-round for an Easter egg hunt (with me dressed as the Easter egg), and I was once told that I looked like the interior design from Golden Girls. Kinder words have truly never been spoken, so needless to say I was fainting-chaise-bound for a solid month after that compliment.

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As such, I’m always delighted whenever I come across a kindred spirit (aesthetically speaking) for work, so when I encountered this lobby during a site visit a few weeks ago, it quite obviously spoke to me. (“You? Love this lobby? Well color me shocked,” said nobody ever.) My point is that for someone who loves color as much as me, it’s odd to then find myself working with architects, what with their love of black and all. Sure, black is a color, too, but where’s the fun in that?

Seriously, it’s like Nathan Lane said in The Birdcage: “One does want a hint of color.” I’m just not sure what he meant by “hint”…

 

 

by Ben Horner

 

micro - micro - micro - microscopy

Much like studying the rings of a tree, microscopy allows us to learn the history of a building through tiny pant, mortar, plaster, render and coating samples.  The analysis of these samples are used to document alterations to historic buildings, identify historic paint colors, and develop conservation treatments.

 

 

The perks of almost flying...

For architects that are regularly on construction sites, closely involved with the implementation of the exterior repairs that we designed, there is a lot of noise, a lot of dust and a lot of stained clothes.

But  then, there is also the "immensity" of this: hanging from scaffolds and trailing roof tops, almost flying, and taking in New York City like a hawk.

 

-Ana Ribeiro

 

New York is Weird:

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Working in New York is weird. Sometimes during a site visit you see a lion with makeup on a fence, other times you see a contractor trying to dry 100+ year old brick outside with a heater. And then there are the walls built on air. All in the name of preserving this old city. 

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by Amanda Mullen

 

A Cat Sanctuary

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I went to Roosevelt Island because I heard that the abandoned smallpox hospital is currently a cat sanctuary. I did not see one cat! I did however enjoy the beautiful views and a ride on the Tram.   

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The Renwick Smallpox Hospital was designed by the architect James Renwick, Jr. Though formally trained as an engineer, he became a self-taught architect by the age of 25.

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In 1976, the building was designated a New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.