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At Ellis Island, BBB has made a cultural and historical symbol of American immigration accessible to generations of visitors.

BBB has transformed two 19th century mansions into a retail stage for one of Manhattan’s famed luxury department stores, preserving and celebrating their original materials and details.

BBB’s rehabilitation of Newark Penn Station has restored its historic character, added amenities, and contributed to the revitalization of downtown Newark.

BBB’s award-winning master plan for the Hoboken Ferry Terminal has restored a historic transportation hub and revitalized New Jersey’s Hudson River waterfront.

BBB’s revitalization of Rockefeller Center greatly enhances its public and retail spaces, ensuring a prosperous future for the beloved New York City landmark.

At the Graybar Building in Midtown Manhattan, BBB restored and rejuvenated the exterior and public spaces to ensure the building’s competitive position in the commercial real estate market.

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 adaptive reuse of Building 1 at Newark Liberty International Airport includes the relocation and restoration of the historic Art Deco terminal and a modern addition.

In the ongoing role of House Architect for the Church of the Heavenly Rest, BBB provides programming, preservation, and system upgrades for the historic building.

BBB’s restoration of The TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport prepares an icon of modern architecture for future adaptive reuse.

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

BBB’s multi-phase renovation at the Apollo includes the meticulous restoration, creative reinterpretation, and expansion of one of New York City’s most fabled theaters.

BBB’s work at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament preserves its historic character while stabilizing the exterior envelope and restoring the interior.

BBB transformed three turn-of-the-century buildings on the General Theological Seminary’s campus to create an educational conference center and a new public face on Tenth Avenue.

Under a GSA Design Excellence contract, BBB led a multi-disciplinary team on a comprehensive renovation to prepare the historic Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse for 21st century use.

BBB’s design converts four 19th-century townhouses into an innovative educational complex for SUNY’s Levin Institute.

BBB’s restoration gives the historic Red Star Line inspection station new life as a museum that celebrates the emigrant experience.

BBB developed a comprehensive Preservation Plan that serves as the framework for the General Theological Seminary’s stewardship of its historic buildings.

BBB developed an award-winning Preservation Master Plan and phased implementation for the historic St. Thomas Church in New York City.

BBB’s design for a vibrant new residential community at the Watchcase Factory retains the spirit of the historic building through the restoration of original materials and details.

BBB has restored a magnificent Gothic Revival cathedral to its original 1920s appearance and integrated essential mechanical and safety upgrades.

BBB led a team of architects, historians, artists, and craftsmen in the restoration of New York’s famed Empire State Building.

BBB’s master plan and restoration of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum enhances the original character of the Gilded-Age mansion while integrating the latest in museum technologies and providing visitors with a highly interactive learning environment for the study of American design.

BBB’s programming, building assessment, and space utilization studies for St. Peter’s Preparatory School have been followed by a series of major capital improvements throughout the multi-building campus.

BBB has completed the first comprehensive rehabilitation of New York City Hall in more than 50 years, incorporating 21st century systems and technology into an iconic early 19th century landmark.

BBB has worked with Hermès of Paris for many years, assisting in the restoration and expansion of their New York flagship store and men’s store, located in two landmark structures across Madison Avenue.

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.

BBB’s comprehensive renovation and rooftop addition has recharged MIT’s historic Building E52 for reinvigorated academic use and institute-wide conferencing.

BBB has undertaken a multitude of projects with the National Park Service that assist with achieving its mission of “caring for the American legacy.”

BBB has played a multi-faceted role in the award-winning restoration of New York’s historic Prince George Hotel and its conversion into an affordable housing facility.

BBB’s interior restoration of The Beacon Theatre ensures the continuation of its legacy as New York City’s premier, intimate “rock house.”

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.

BBB’s Master Plan for Jones Beach State Park includes adaptive reuse of its monumental and exuberantly detailed Art Deco bath houses and restaurant buildings strung along the mile-long boardwalk.

BBB’s restoration of the Historic DC Courthouse revives the original grandeur of the 1820’s structure and provides additional space and enhanced facilities for The Court of Appeals.

BBB’s renovation of the landmark-designated Old House of Delegates Chamber restores the room’s original Victorian aesthetic, while discreetly incorporating contemporary technology.

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 has restored the Robert A. Taft Memorial, Washington DC’s oldest carillon and one of the finest in the world.

BBB restored the former Juvenile Court building in Washington DC, providing new life to a 1939 building and enabling the DC Courts to expand within a historic campus.

BBB has converted an early 1900s manufacturing building on the Brooklyn waterfront into loft-style condominiums.

BBB’s work on the revitalization of Grand Central Terminal has transformed America’s busiest train station into a contemporary, multi-use transit and retail hub.

BBB’s restoration work at The Chrysler Building helps to preserve the iconic status of one of New York City’s most beloved landmarks.

BBB’s upgrades to the landmark Beaux-Arts lobby of 230 Park Avenue brings 21st century functionality into a magnificent early 20th century space.

BBB’s restoration of a historic Polo Stable on Long Island enables the building to function as a modern equestrian center for many generations to come.

BBB’s award-winning restoration of two historic buildings at the Battleground National Cemetery contributes to the preservation of a significant Civil War landmark.

BBB’s design for the National Museum of American Diplomacy features engaging exhibits that facilitate public understanding of the critical role American diplomacy has played in shaping our nation and the world.

BBB has guided the restoration of Marcel Breuer’s iconic 1966 building – originally designed as the Whitney Museum – and helped transform it into The Met Breuer. In this iconic space, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The building is bold and intimate at the same time, with an integrity, beauty, and honesty of design, materials, and execution that places it among the most distinguished mid-century modern buildings in New York.

BBB’s master plan and expansion for Xavier High School directly support the institution’s guiding pedagogical goals while meeting the growing requirements of the school and its students.

BBB’s contemporary design for a new restaurant and café at The Met Breuer is inspired by Marcel Breuer’s striking mid-century architecture.

BBB has designed a contemporary luxury residential building above a historic garage in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District.

Renovation of the Art Deco Tower Building in Washington DC created sustainable Class-A office space with unique shared amenities that enhance the historic character of the building and introduce an iconic presence with minimal disruption to existing tenants.

Renovation and redevelopment of the historic Randall School will create a vibrant arts campus comprised of a contemporary art museum with commercial and education facilities complemented by a new 12-story apartment building, surrounding a beautiful landscaped courtyard in Southwest DC.

BBB’s design for Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s historic River Houses, combines a complete re-visioning of its residential, academic, and public spaces with comprehensive envelope and system upgrades as well as a 41-bed addition.

BBB redesigned the iconic building’s grand lobby and concourse, restoring historic finishes and features while simultaneously incorporating the needs and amenities of a contemporary first-class office building.

BBB’s restoration and redevelopment of Exchange Palace, a monumental historic landmark in the center of Budapest, Hungary, will create a dynamic mix of office, retail, and cultural uses.

The first comprehensive upgrade since The Frick Collection opened in 1935, this project will offer more public access to the historic home, allow presentation of more of the permanent collection, and improve facilities for special exhibitions, education programs, conservation, and visitor amenities, including ADA access.

BBB is helping a historic campus embark on a renewal plan that will restore and revitalize its twelve buildings for new generations of students.

BBB created a flagship retail space and contemporary lobby on Fifth Avenue by transforming the ground floor and facade of a historic Warren & Wetmore building in midtown Manhattan.

BBB’s expansion of the iconic Arlington National Cemetery allows it to serve future generations without compromise to the character and integrity of the historic site and landscape.

A holistic transformation of a historic Washington, DC landmark offers a contemporary interpretation of the original design intent and allows the building to retain its original purpose of easing access to knowledge and information.

BBB’s adaptive reuse of a nineteenth-century firehouse has created a vital community facility for a venerable Lower East Side nonprofit social service organization.

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.

Renovation of the home of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the “father of black history” and the catalyst behind Black History month, restores the National Historic Landmark as a Museum and Visitor Center commemorating Woodson’s life and legacy.

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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.

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.

The TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport has been honored with a prestigious American Architecture Award, bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum in recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism in the United States.

RH Greenwich preserves the Greenwich Post Office building’s historic character and prominence in downtown Greenwich. Intended to harmonize with the landmark building and the community it serves, RH Greenwich has been tremendously positive for both.

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.

At Longwood Gardens, a unique open-air exhibit overlooking the Main Fountain Garden explores the history and vision behind “New Heights: The Fountain Revitalization Project.”

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.

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.

Antwerp’s Red Star Line Museum received a Special Commendation from the 2015 European Museum of the Year Awards (EMYA). Sponsored by the European Museum Forum, the awards were announced on May 16 at a ceremony held at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. More than 200 people from 29 European countries attended the gala ceremony in celebration of the honorees.

BBB was honored yesterday at the Historic House Trust of New York City’s 2015 Founders Award Dinner for our work on Staten Island. More than 300 guests attended the gala event, which celebrated historic homes on Staten Island and benefits the Trust’s ongoing preservation, education and restoration efforts for its collection of 23 historic houses in all five boroughs.

For two days each October, the annual Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings and sites, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

Gould Memorial Library was one of three sets of buildings visitors toured at Bronx Community College on Saturday October 17th during Open House New York (OHNY) weekend. BBB’s Charlie Kramer served as a guide during the OHNY tours. Designed in 1893 by McKim Mead & White, the landmarked library is considered architect Stanford White’s (1853-1906) crowning achievement.

In our third installment of “In Construction,” a new series that explores behind-the-scenes building technologies and methods, we take a look at the Main Fountain Garden Restoration at Longwood Gardens and three unique aspects of the project: repairing 4,382 pieces of limestone, restoring the opulent horticulture, and installing state-of-the-art technology to enhance the visitor experience.

In our second installment of “In Construction,” a new series that explores behind-the-scenes building technologies and methods, we take a look at the Building E52 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and three unique aspects of the project: adding a new conference room on top of the building, using mast climbers to clean the facade, and creating a parametrically modified wall panel system. Faculty have moved in this month, and classes will be held at the start of the spring semester.

In November, BBB DC’s Gretchen Pfaehler, Cristina Radu and Katie Hummelt attended the annual conference of the Association for Preservation Technology, hosted this year in Kansas City, Missouri. It was an intensive few days in the “Paris of the Plains,” the name given to the city in the 1930s during the heyday of jazz, gambling, corruption and wealth.

“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 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards are bestowed annually by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in recognition of the owners and stewards of historic buildings across the City, who completed extraordinary restoration and reuse projects. Preservation Awards are given to projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use of historic buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes that preserve commercial, residential, institutional, religious, and public buildings.

BBB worked in close collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to restore Marcel Breuer’s mid-century masterpiece and transform it into a new home for The Met’s expanding contemporary and modern art program.

Below is a selection of press coverage of the restored building:

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the TWA Hotel, a new $265-million hotel, restaurant and conference center complex that will be anchored by Eero Saarinen’s iconic Flight Center at JFK International Airport.

The Master Plan for the New York Public Library’s flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building was developed by Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle, who are leading the renovation of the Library’s Midtown Campus.

The renovated Hahne & Company Building has received a Merit Award in Preservation from the AIA New Jersey Design Awards program.

Congratulations to the entire project team! L+M Development Partners (Developer); Inglese Architecture & Engineering (Executive Architect); WSP Global (Structural Engineer); Harold Rosen Associates (M/E/P Engineer); Jablonski Building Conservation (Conservator); and Ulana Zakalak (Preservation Consultant).

Marcel Breuer was at the height of his career when he designed the Whitney Museum in 1966. The integrity, beauty, and honesty of the building’s design, materials, and execution define it as one of the most distinguished examples of mid-century modern architecture in New York.

In The Harvard Gazette, Founding Partner John Beyer, FAIA, discusses the material and philosophical approaches to reconstructing Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.

“It is rare that such a jewel of a project gets shared with the public or its tenants…thank you for sharing, Mr. Silverstein.”

Carlos Cardoso, AIA, Partner, Director of Construction Administration

In a recent article from Untapped Cities, Richard Southwick, FAIA, Partner, talks about his “favorite project overall,” the adaptive reuse of Building 1 at Newark airport.

“It’s been a privilege to lead the renovation of this extraordinary and important building. We see design as a process, not a product. Our work on the Enoch Pratt Free Library allows for the evolution of the institution by sensitively integrating both new infrastructure and new programmatic elements into the historic shell of the building. These improvements will add value to the city of Baltimore and its residents now and in the future.”

Elizabeth R. Leber, AIA, LEED AP, Partner

Nine rooms of the beloved and historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building have been brought back to life and public use as The New York Public Library’s new Center for Research in the Humanities.

BBB’s expansion of the landmark Arlington National Cemetery is the recipient of three awards this year for its thoughtful integration of new structures within this historic site.

“It’s a beautiful jewel in the middle of this green oasis, surrounded by all-glass buildings—so that the contrast between the masonry and scale of this gem of a building and the tall glass buildings around it emphasizes its importance, and maybe makes it more precious.”

Hany Hassan, FAIA, Partner

The core mission of Baltimore’s 138-year-old Enoch Pratt Free Library has remained consistent throughout major societal changes: to provide equal access to information, services, and opportunities that empower, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for all. Beyer Blinder Belle’s experience designing the renovation of Enoch Pratt Free Library’s flagship Central Branch over a 20-year span tells the story about how the library as place has evolved to achieve its mission.

The AIA has recognized the revitalization and creative adaptive reuse of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center, the master plan for Manhattan’s largest stretch of undeveloped land below 96th Street, and the master plan for a new transit-oriented neighborhood in Southeast Washington, DC.

“Our final award…. to an individual who has combined architecture, preservation, and public service into a remarkable career. “

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“Planning, restoration and the design of new buildings in historic settings are the fundamental underpinnings of our firm. With every project, whatever its focus, I’m always thinking of all three.”

“Our work has become increasingly multifaceted and nuanced, encompassing a diverse array of rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction projects that demand ever more creative and innovative design approaches, technologies and methodologies.”