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BBB's work at Temple Emanu-El restores and preserves the largest and one of the most architecturally magnificent Jewish houses of worship in the world.

BBB's work at The Morgan Library & Museum preserves, restores, and expands a New York City architectural treasure.

BBB's work at Union Depot restores a grand public building in St. Paul to its original use as a train station, re-establishing an architectural icon and providing an engine for economic and urban revitalization.

Building on Lehigh University's rich campus history, mountainside setting, and urban context, a comprehensive master plan complements the University Strategic Plan, preserving and enhancing Lehigh's unique position as a "residential research campus."

Reimagining the New York Public Library's Midtown Campus includes renovation of the historic and iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library's flagship research facility.

The renovation and renewal of Adams House, one of Harvard’s most architecturally significant undergraduate residential houses, revitalizes the historic complex without losing its treasured “quirks.”
Complementing BBB’s ongoing architectural work on the renovation of Harvard’s residential house system, BBB’s embedded graphics team provided design for a full range of branding, wayfinding, donor recognition, and interpretive installations.
The Phillips Exeter Academy Campus Plan addresses programmatic needs with a Framework of Opportunities – flexible planning options emphasizing stewardship of resources and the architectural legacy of the campus. 
BBB transformed a historic Washington DC building with a rich social and architectural history into a museum with an unparalleled contemporary art collection.
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The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785. For more than 200 years, the General Society has selected four New York architects to highlight iconic buildings and landmarks of social, historical and cultural significance at their Labor, Literature and Landmarks Lecture Series. The Lecture Series pays tribute to the art of craftsmanship by featuring master artisans who lecture about the intricacies of their specialized crafts. The lectures are held in the General Society’s Library, founded in 1820, the second oldest library in New York City and one of three remaining private membership circulating libraries.

The Greenwich Post Office building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been adaptively reused to house a Restoration Hardware flagship showroom referred to as “RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office”. BBB served as a consultant for historic preservation. “The interior…has now been transformed to serve as an architectural canvas,” said Frank Prial Jr., Associate Partner at BBB.

BBB has an ongoing relationship with the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. As an architect, preservationist, and former Director of Historic Preservation at BBB, the contributions of the late Dr. Fitch to the fields of architecture, planning, and preservation provide inspiration to the Foundation’s Fellows. Today BBB continues to support Dr. Fitch’s mission, led by BBB’s Managing Partner and Chairman of the Fitch Foundation, Fred Bland.

With a rich history, steeped in a town of historical significance all its own, the revitalization of the Bulova Watchcase Factory in Sag Harbor creates a new condominium complex that reflects the diverse styles of the surrounding village. The New York Times takes a look inside the new development restored by Beyer Blinder Belle with interiors by Steven Gambrel.

Amidst much press and anticipation of the completion of the rehabilitation of the Watchcase Factory into housing, Beyer Blinder Belle's architectural historian Kate Lemos McHale reflects on the historic Village of Sag Harbor and her personal connections to the project.

The distinctive gilded pyramidal roof of the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse shines with new luster these days. Following a comprehensive interior and exterior renovation and restoration, the architectural landmark and preeminent symbol of the Federal Government (site of the famous Alger Hiss and Rosenberg trials) has been revitalized for life in the 21st century and beyond.

Adding to an existing building, compared with ground-up new construction, isn’t always so glamorous.

The Following Function series explores projects in Europe and the US that pioneer the creative reuse of redundant industrial sites, and considers the implications for heritage conservation and post-industrial communities.

Managing Partner Frederick Bland was asked to present at the SCUP 2014 North Atlantic Symposium: “Building Excellence from the Ground Up: Stony Brook’s First 50 Years.” This symposium reflected on Stony Brook University’s rapid development into a leading public research university, examined several initiatives that transformed the Stony Brook campus, and the challenges and opportunities in maintaining a research university for the coming decades.

Throughout much of history, there was no distinction between architects, engineers, and builders. Instead, an individual—the master builder—conceived of the form and materials of a building at the outset and followed it through until construction came to an end, taking responsibility for all of the challenges that arose during the project. This kind of continuity throughout the life of a project is intuitively beneficial: engineering and construction requirements shape the approach long before ground is broken and design decisions need to be made until the final touches are in place. Many of the world's great monuments, from the Parthenon to Brunelleschi's Dome at the Florence Cathedral, were built in this way.

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Michael Wetstone has provided architectural and design leadership on some of the firm's most celebrated civic commissions.

Carmen Menocal has 15 years of experience in master planning, programming, architectural design, documentation, and construction administration for higher education and institutional new construction and large-scale renovation projects.
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