Circle Tours

Central Park Police Precinct

Central Park Police Precinct

Fred Basch Architect PLCC

Ray Pepi, Building Conservation Associates

Central Park Police Precinct

Central Park Police Precinct

Police Captain Jessica E. Corey.

April 4, 2012

Professional Circle members received an exclusive tour of the recently renovated Central Park Police Precinct led by Fred Basch, Fred Basch Architect PLCC and Ray Pepi, Building Conservation Associates and a welcome by Police Captain Jessica E. Corey.

The Central Park Police Precinct, a national and New York City landmark located on the site of the original Central Park stable complex, has been home to the NYPD since 1936. Designed by Jacob Wrey Mould, it was built between 1869 and 1871. This High Victorian Gothic stable complex features polychrome masonry and Gothic “cottage” features such as gabled dormers, slate roofing and multi-light glazing, which contribute to its picturesque appearance. By 2001, the complex showed signs of extensive deterioration, and remedial action was taken to prevent further damage. A year later, the project team of Karlsberger Architecture, Building Conservation Associates and Robert Silman Associates initiated a process to return the complex to its 1935 historic period of significance.

The restoration had to protect historic fabric, accommodate the programmatic needs of the police department and modernize the facility. Preservation began with cleaning and repointing the masonry, and installation of new stone. Next was restoration of the original slate and copper roof, and conservation of the historic barn-loft doors, hayloft hooks, and decorative tile. Cast iron columns, once hidden in the masonry, were revealed and the replica windows and doors now have finishes matching earlier decorative schemes. The addition of a glass-and-copper canopy over a portion of the open courtyard created new interior space, while maintaining the open-air feeling of the original courtyard.

Click here for more photos

Circle tours go behind-the-scenes of some of New York’s most interesting historic properties. Some tours require hard hats to visit projects during restoration, while others showcase completed restorations of commercial buildings, residences, museums, churches, and synagogues. On occasion, conservators, engineers, and craftspeople open their studios to our Circle members. For more information, contact Jenna Smith at 212.995.5260 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)