Specializing in the design and specification of historically integrative building components, successfully shepherding complex building projects through the complete development cycle from initial client project goals, research, building conditions analysis, presentations to city, state and federal agencies, preparation of project specifications, researching materials and following through with on-site construction supervision. 

The Plaza Hotel

It was once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.” One of America’s most celebrated hotels, The Plaza opened its doors on October 1, 1907, amid a flurry of impressive reports describing it as the greatest hotel in the world. Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel was constructed in the most fashionable residential section of New York City.

Designated a New York City Landmark in 1969, The Plaza is listed on the Register of Historic Places and the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Carved from within the great castle-like landmark, The Palm Court has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur following a $6.5 million dollar renovation completed in 2008. The spectacular re-creation of the Palm Court’s luminous 1,800 square foot stained-glass lay light, like The Plaza itself, continues to contribute to the life, vitality and culture of New York City.


New York Public Library

Following an open competition among scores of the city's most prominent architects, the (at the time) relatively unknown firm of Carrère and Hastings was selected to design and construct the new library. The result, regarded as the apogee of Beaux-Arts design, was the largest marble structure ever attempted in the United States. The cornerstone was laid in May 1902 and the building was opened to the public on May 23, 1911. 

In preparation for the centennial of the building, the Library commissioned a full exterior survey.  I was in charge of the team evaluating the exterior building sculptures. The facade has several important sculptures including Frederick MacMonnies' "Beauty" and George Grey Barnard's "Arts" and "History," on the south and north pediments, respectively.  Emergency restorative work was specified and performed.  My duties also included preparation of restoration specifications for the famed “Lions” by Edward Clark Potter.

The Frick ​

The Frick Collection, designed by the firm of Carrère and Hastings was built in 1913 for the industrialist Henry Clay Frick to house his collection of European Art.  The building is constructed of Indiana Limestone in the neo-classical Renaissance revival style.  The building was extensively reconfigured in 1933 by the firm of Alexander Pope to accommodate its new use as a public museum. 
A 10 year long restoration campaign was executed at all areas of the buildings.  Projects have included the restoration of façade limestone at the former residence, the restoration of the Art Reference Library and the restoration of the Fifth Avenue Garden and the installation of a new bluestone sidewalk surrounding the museum.
Lucy G. Moses Award for NYC Landmarks Preservation, 2003

Alwyn Court ​

Built in 1907 by the firm of Harde and Short, Alwyn Court was a 13-story luxury apartment house, designed with suites of from 14 to 34 rooms.  The elaborately molded terra cotta façade incorporated design motifs of the house of 16th century Francois I. 

World War I and the depression greatly reduced interest in such expansive quarters, and by 1936 the last tenant moved out and the building was boarded up.  In 1939 an enterprising New York builder undertook to save Alwyn Court from demolition by completely restructuring the interior spaces, retaining only the steel framework and exterior walls.  Part of the restructuring program, however, included the removal of the original terra cotta cornice to provide penthouse terrace apartments.

As the final portion of the restoration effort, a new fiberglass cornice was created and installed based on archival photos of the original cornice.

Lucy G. Moses Award for NYC Landmarks Preservation, 2003

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