Jason Carpenter in Bricks & Bucks on May 21, 2014
One of the smaller jobs was reacting to a change in Local Law 11: the buildings' terrace railings now had to be taller. The railings were measured, cast, and replaced. They also painted and cleaned the building exteriors, including some of the historic cast iron where previous coats of paint were starting to wear off. An assessment paid for the work, which totaled $420,000 and needed the approval of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Matching the period, colors, and materials on one building was hard, but the project also had to deal with two buildings with one-of-a-kind characteristics. The south building, 42-44 Wooster, was built in 1882-3, but the north one wasn't constructed until 1894-5, using dissimilar materials and done in another style.
"One of the challenges in any restoration is matching the new material to the old," says Charles DiSanto of Walter B. Melvin Architects. "Some of it we restored and cleaned up, some spots just needed patching material of exactly the right color, and a few spots needed new pre-cast concrete."
Project start: September 2012
Project end: July 2013
● Repairing masonry
● Installing new terrace railings
● Repainting cast iron exterior
● Repainting windows
Charles DiSanto, principal-in-charge, Walter B. Melvin Architects
Donald Friedman, consultant, Old Structures Engineering
Susan Daimler, board president
Liz Sabosik, property manager, The Andrews Organization
West New York Restoration, contractor
Photo courtesy Walter B. Melvin Architects
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