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As part of Silverstein Properties, Inc.’s capital improvement program for 120 Broadway, BBB is redesigning the iconic building’s grand lobby and concourse, restoring historic finishes and features while simultaneously incorporating the needs of a contemporary first-class office building.
BBB restored the Summerhouse, a historic hexagon-shaped jewel of a building on the west front lawn of the US Capitol, built as a resting place for visitors.
BBB’s rehabilitation of the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood revitalizes the historic heart of one of the most celebrated public gardens in the world.
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Associate Partner Frank Prial Jr. speaks at the Cooper Union Rose Auditorium on October 16th, about the challenges, discoveries, and staying true to the original Art Deco designs while modernizing the Empire State Building. Watch this video from the Art Deco Society of New York’s lecture series.
“That kind of grandeur does not happen anymore, so the fact that [New York City Hall] came back to this original form is remarkable. Considerable talent is needed as an architect and preservationist to make it look like nothing has been done to it.”—Jury
The Municipal Art Society of New York has selected the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as the winner of the 2015 MASterworks Award for “Best Restoration.” Presented annually since 1988, the MASterworks Awards recognize projects for excellence in architecture and urban design and which make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. The restoration category encompasses restoration or adaptive reuse of a historically significant building.
Contemplating the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law—which was being formulated when Penn Station was threatened with demolition and enacted only after it was lost—it is interesting to look at the ways in which preservation and design are intrinsically linked, and the importance of the narrative.
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Christopher Cowan is a Project Manager and Architect with extensive experience guiding the renovation and design of institutional, commercial, and residential projects.