Projects

Greenwich Village Landmark Judson Memorial Church

by Marie Ennis on September 8, 2015

The scaffolding has just come down from Judson Memorial Church on the south side of Washington Square Park. The building was completed in 1892 to the design of McKim Mead & White and is considered to be an excellent example of Italian Renaissance Eclectic style. Old Structures Engineering assisted William Stivale Building Conservator in assessing the condition of the facade, particularly the terra cotta cornice (last repaired/restored in 1990). The building was scaffolded for his window restoration project which allowed the team to perform a “hands on” assessment of the cornice and other facade elements. Happily only minor structural damage was present; repointing was needed along with delicate pinning and patching repairs. The work was completed by Burda Construction; Edison Coatings supplied the patching materials. Photographs: Mortar and Pinning Samples, Scaffold Being Removed, Restored Cornice.

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Pay No Attention to the Engineers Behind the Curtain

April 27, 2015

Once again, our work is publicized without any mention of us: the Bow Bridge repairs we designed a while back are going to be built this summer. The bad news is that the bridge will be closed for the duration. The good news is that it is the most beautiful cast-iron in New York:

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Federal Hall

July 1, 2008

Federal Hall National Memorial, New York, NY Structural repairs and complete renovation of this 1842 marble landmark on Wall Street including movement/vibration monitoring, underpinning, strengthening of masonry and repair of structural cracks

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Ellis Island

July 1, 2008

Constructed circa 1931, the ferry building at Ellis Island received immigrants debarking from boats where they were directed either to the south side where they would be treated for illness or disease, or to the north side where they would begin the immigration process. This is the first of the buildings on the portion of […]

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Fleming Smith Warehouse

July 1, 2008

Fleming Smith Warehouse, 135 Watts Street, New York, NY Façade restoration of an 1891 NYC landmark and National Register building; recommendations for protection of the historic structure during adjacent construction involving pile driving.

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Maine Bank & Trust

July 1, 2008

The Maine Bank & Trust Building, Portland, ME Conditions assessment followed by preparation of construction documents for the façade repair/restoration of a c1910 ten story limestone bank building; work included resetting of stones and in-situ pinning repairs.

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John Street Methodist Church

July 1, 2008

John Street United Methodist Church: This 1841 building was investigated for weathering, deferred maintenance, floor load capacity, and the effect of vibrations from the collapse of the World Trade Center three blocks away. An initial report written shortly after 9-11 had indicated the possibility of damage to the structure; field examination was able to show […]

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Battery Weed

July 1, 2008

Battery Weed, Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY Conditions assessment and feasibility report to repair seawall and refurbish existing pier for a new ferry service to the National Park Service site.

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Inebriate Asylum

July 1, 2008

Inebriate Asylum, Binghamton, NY The 1858 Inebriate Asylum is currently empty, but undergoing study for reuse. OSE is examining the floor and roof load capacities as well as the overall structural condition. Structural repairs and complete renovation of this 1842 marble landmark on Wall Street including movement/vibration monitoring, underpinning, strengthening of masonry and repair of […]

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Northern Dispensary

June 30, 2008

This 1831 structure, built by Henry Bayard and John Tucker, served for over 150 years as a free clinic and is a designated landmark. The original structure includes long-span heavy timber framing and masonry bearing walls; later alterations include cast iron, wrought iron and steel framing. The existing building, empty for six years at the […]

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