The Christa McAuliffe School, Intermediate School (I.S.) 187, was built in 1921 to the designs of C.B.J. Snyder. This 5-story steel frame and concrete slab construction has a multi-wythe masonry facade with glazed terra cotta ornamentation and features 40 classrooms, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, and an auditorium.

Our project at I.S. 187 consisted of an exterior restoration of the school. Work included a roof replacement and a full-depth rebuilding of the parapet, including the terra cotta copings. The original glazed terra cotta window surrounds, medallions, and grotesques were restored. CTA successfully advocated for the use of terra cotta over cast stone, and all terra cotta ornamentation was custom manufactured to match the existing period work. In addition, the facade restoration included face-brick replacement, repointing, and new window perimeter sealant and refinished window guards. Plaster and coatings at the interior walls and ceiling were also performed at the interior.


Owner: New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Budget: Withheld