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 is located in New York City’s first Historic District, Brooklyn Heights.

The entire roof was replaced in conjunction with the design and installation of a sundeck and the replacement of the damaged original terra cotta piers, with special attention paid towards the preservation and restoration of the piers. 

All terra cotta units that were damaged 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 the originals. Special structural consideration was given to the piers’ high location to allow for proper reinforcement against the wind loads.


Owner: St. George Tower and Grill Owner's Corp.

Budget: $1,900,000