Moses Awards

The 28th Moses Awards

-St. Bartholomew’s Church

-John H. Beyer, architect and founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle (photo by Mike Falco)

-54 Bond Street (photo by CTA Architects P.C.)

-321 and 323 Canal Street (photo by Ines Leong, © 2017 L-INES STUDIO)

-Child’s Building and Ford Amphitheater at Seaside Park (photo by Adrian Wilson)

-The Hadrian

-Highland Park Boulder Bridge

-Public Bath No. 7

-Shepard Hall, The City College of New York (photo by Elemental Architecture)

-South Bronx Job Corps Center

-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Chelsea

-The University Club of New York (photo by © Jeff Goldberg/Esto)

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-Moses Awards 2018 Invitation

Moses Awards Celebrate Wide Range of Preservation Projects and a Noted Preservation Architect

May 8, 2018 – More than 500 persons packed lovely St. Bartholomew’s Church on May 8 for the annual Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. The landmark Park Avenue Church was among 11 project awards which also included, 1821 Federal-Style Houses on Canal Street, an unusual Elizabethan Jacobean Gothic Revival-Style building in the Bronx, and a 117-year-old bridge made of boulders in a Queens Park.

Noted architect John H. Beyer, a co-founder of Beyer Blinder Belle, received the Preservation Leadership Award. His work includes some of the City’s most significant preservation projects: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Temple Emanu-El, Rockefeller Center and the Met Breuer.

He collaborated with his late partner John Belle, who also won the Leadership Award, for the restoration of Grand Central Terminal. Beyer designed retail spaces and the New Market Building, as well as planning circulation patterns. Beyer Blinder Belle is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The Awards are a joyous celebration of the stewards of the winning buildings and the skilled preservation professionals who perform the work. This was the 28th presentation of what has become “the Oscars of Preservation.”

The Conservancy is grateful for the support of the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, which makes the Awards possible.

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John H. Beyer, FAIA, AICP – Founding Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle

54 Bond Street
321 and 323 Canal Street
Child’s Building and Ford Amphitheater at Seaside Park
The Hadrian
Highland Park Boulder Bridge
Public Bath No. 7
Shepard Hall, The City College of New York
South Bronx Job Corps Center
St. Bartholomew’s Church
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Chelsea
The University Club of New York


Preservation Leadership Award
John H. Beyer, FAIA, AICP – Founding Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle

John H. Beyer is a founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), the country’s preeminent preservation architecture firm, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Beyer has been lead designer and Partner in Charge on many of the firm’s most significant preservation projects, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, South Street Seaport Museum, Temple Emanu-El, Rockefeller Center, Henri Bendel, and the Met Breuer.

At Grand Central Terminal, one of the firm’s signature projects, Beyer collaborated with John Belle, designing retail spaces and the new market building, as well as planning circulation patterns. The firm continues to work at the Terminal.

Beyer started the firm with John Belle and Richard Blinder in 1968. The three met while working in the New York office of Victor Gruen, an Austrian-born architect best known for inventing the modern shopping mall. In the era of Jane Jacobs and the young Landmarks Preservation Commission, Beyer Blinder Belle had a very different focus: historic preservation.

From its early days, BBB was a proponent of the restoration and reuse of older buildings. “Other architects back then thought we were crazy,” Beyer once told an interviewer. Beyer forged the firm’s commitment to contextual solutions to architecture and planning, and is known for his sensitive design of new buildings in historic settings. With Beyer’s guidance BBB became the “gold standard” for preservation projects.

Beyer has said his aim is to “inspire people to enhance the public realm.” He initially studied sculpture at Denison University where he was a percussionist in a student band, and then received his BA and MA in Architecture from Harvard University. He has served as a juror and studio design critic at Columbia and Cornell, and lectured on historic preservation at Harvard. Beyer Blinder Belle has earned more than 100 awards including three U.S. Presidential Awards, the NYCAIA Medal of Honor, New York Society of Architects Lifetime Achievement Award, and numerous Lucy G. Moses Awards.

54 Bond Street, Manhattan
The elegant cast-iron building at the corner of Bond Street and the Bowery has had many lives, but it has rarely looked as splendid as it does now, following a full façade restoration. The building’s history mirrors that of its neighborhood: once a respected bank, it fell on hard times and served as a storage space, before being reclaimed as the Bouwerie Lane Theater in the 1960s. It is now a mix of residential and retail.

Henry Engelbert designed the ornate French Second Empire style building with a rich cast-iron façade so highly detailed it creates a sculptural effect. It features quoins, Corinthian columns, and cornices on all five stories. That façade was in poor condition when this project began, with the cast iron deteriorated and rusting.

Work began with a thorough cataloguing to document the façade’s complex system of interlocking cast-iron units. Restoration required them to be repaired or molded, replicated and replaced. Belgian artisans used some 164 molds to create 2,890 pieces of cast iron that were shipped to New York and fit together like puzzle pieces. A new sheet-metal cornice, and restoration of the grand cast-iron stoop were the finishing touches.

D+DS Architecture Office
Jeroen de Schrijver

Andrews Building Corporation
Jonathan Scutari

CTA Architects P.C.
Bradley Heraux
Matthew Jenkins
Christa E. Waring

GACE Consulting Engineers PC
Michael Guilfoyle

TNEMEC/Righter Group
Phil Gonnella

Traditional Waterproofing and Restoration
Joseph Humann

van Cronenburg Architectural Hardware
Peter van Cronenburg

321 and 323 Canal Street, Manhattan
These 1821 Federal-style houses in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District are the oldest buildings honored this year. For nearly 200 years, they remained relatively unchanged in overall appearance and configuration. But there were some inappropriate repairs, such as cinderblock and tar infill, and changes to the window openings.

Work began when a contractor doing interior alterations noticed that the front wall had shifted out several inches from the floor. Other dangerous conditions emerged. Brickwork at the party wall had separated. There was significant mortar loss. Masonry walls had deteriorated. Concerns rose that the roof’s weight was bearing on the destabilized front and rear walls, potentially accelerating a collapse.

The Buildings Department and Landmarks Commission quickly approved plans to document, disassemble and reconstruct the pair. Next, photographs and diagrams recorded the location of every element, including windows, sills, eaves and the storefronts. In a painstaking process, bricks were removed by hand, sorted, and cleaned for re-use. Peeling away clumsy tar roof repairs revealed original slate and wood work. Finally, the building was re-assembled, with the old bricks re-laid in Flemish Bond, new wood windows to match the originals, and long-lost chimneys at the pitched slate roofs.

United American Land, LLC
Albert Laboz
Jason Laboz
Casey Martinez

Akerman, LLP
Howard Zipser

E & S and Sons Corp.
Mike Bresnick

Edson USA Group
Angelo Caputo

Gallas Surveying Group
Gregory S. Gallas

Page Ayres Cowley Architects, LLC
Page A. Cowley

SDG Engineering, P.C.
Stuart Gold

TSF Engineering, PC
Nicholas Tucci

Child’s Building and Ford Amphitheater – Seaside Park, Coney Island – 3054 West 21st Street, Brooklyn
The former Child’s Restaurant on the Coney Island Boardwalk is open once again, housing a new restaurant and the beach’s newest attraction, an amphitheater. Child’s dates to 1923, Coney’s heyday. Inspired by Spanish Colonial architecture, architects Dennison & Hirons designed a building that appeared to have risen from the sea. Its sand-colored stucco walls drip with bright terra cotta fish, shells, lobsters, and clams. But the restaurant closed after World War II, and Child’s was vacant for years as reuse plans failed and the building suffered.

Now a public-private partnership has revitalized the seaside venue. The historic facade was stabilized with a new steel structure and reconstructed brick walls. 752 terra cotta units were replicated; 102 salvaged and reset, and 171 repaired on site. The sophistication and humor of the quirky terra cotta emerged during the restoration, creating challenges. Classical forms were cleverly rendered in nautical motifs such as egg and dart trim that was actually fish and urchin, and lobster-shaped brackets. These pieces required hand-sculpting and computer-aided techniques. Then they were re-installed with exceptionally narrow joints that match the original. All of the effort has re-established Child’s as one of Coney Island’s most fascinating spots.

iStar Financial
Jeff Dewey

New York City Economic Development Corporation

Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Cerami & Associates

CFS Engineering, PC
Miguel Quintanilla

Cini-Little International, Inc.

Control Point & Associates

Domingo Gonzalez Associates

Ewing Cole
Craig Schmitt

FTL Design Studio

Gerner Kronick+ Valcarcel, Architects, DPC
Joe Barbagallo
Randolph Gerner
Rachel Oehl
Silke Rapellus

Higgins Quasebarth & Partners

Hunter Roberts Construction Group
Paul Wassenbergh

James MacDonald LTD

Kaese Architecture PLLC
Diane Kaese

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Matt Bird

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

Newbanks Inc.
Cosmo Marfione

Northern Designs, LLC

Old Structures Engineering, PC
Donald Friedman

Philip Habib & Associates

Pine & Swallow Environmental

Pullman SST Inc.
Dan Tyler


Jeffrey Smillow

The Hadrian – 225 West 80th Street, Manhattan
This Award recognizes an owner who undertook a landmark-quality restoration, although this stately 10-story Beaux-Arts apartment building is not a designated New York City landmark. He was spurred on by the late writer Christopher Gray, whose office was across the street from the building. Gray saw a noteworthy structure and encouraged the owner to honor its architectural quality through this restoration.

A conditions survey showed significant deterioration of the nine-foot tall cornice. It had lost its zinc ornament, was painted green, and had a failed armature system. The decision was made to replace it with a new one that replicates the original. At the brick, limestone, and terra cotta façade, an unsightly non-original coating was removed. It revealed the original light buff brick and stone trim. The facade was repointed with a carefully selected mortar color to match the original. The finishing touch is the series of ornate new balcony brackets that replaced the non-original square brackets, and replicate historic floral and leaf motifs.

The Hadrian, LLC
George H. Beane

Jablonski Building Conservation
Mary Jablonski
Helen Thomas-Haney

Jan Hird Pokorny Associates
Nicole Ambrose
Angela Curmi
Lewis Gleason
Richard Pieper
Cory Rouillard

Old Structures Engineering
Donald Friedman
Shaquana Lovell

Preserv Inc.
Carl Culbreth
Pete Rose
Leonardo Toloza
Jessica Wishart

Highland Park Boulder Bridge – Highland Park, Queens
Scenic Boulder Bridge is one of New York City’s rare rustic boulder bridges. At 200 feet long, with an arch that spans 60 feet, 12 feet high, and a roadbed 28 feet wide, it’s also the City’s largest. The bridge spans a shallow glen that leads to a glade and a pond, long filled with silt. Together, the bridge, glen, glade and pond create a handsome landscape design feature.

The bridge is constructed of boulders, brick, granite, rubble, fill, concrete, and earth. There’s no metal, so it relies on the arch construction that has kept the structure sound since it opened in 1902. Over that time, the exterior suffered from compromised waterproofing, inappropriate additions such as electrical conduits and lighting, damaged pointing, spalling bricks on the arch’s underside, and years of graffiti and grime.

This project called for an excavation both to assess structural integrity and apply waterproofing to the brick arch from above. The stones were cleaned and repaired, and reset as required. The new lighting system hides conduits from view. Finally the road bed was repaved and landscaping improved. Restoration brought back the beauty of a unique example of park infrastructure.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner
Therèse Braddick
Joseph Disponzio
James Mituzas
Sybil Young

New York City Department of Transportation
Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner
Mansoon Kahn

Galvin Brothers, Inc.
Edward Galvin
Joseph Giordano

Gibney Design
Richard Gibney

JMC Stone Corp
Joseph Araujo

Tim Hurley
Townsend Lewis

Public Bath No. 7 – 227 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn
This Gowanus landmark has been revived after years of abandonment and neglect. Raymond Almirall designed the neo-Renaissance style facility, which opened in 1910. The style was intended to promote bathing and equate it to other important activities conducted in similar buildings, such as banks and courthouses. The classical façade was enlivened with blue, green, and gold terra cotta urns, shells, scallops, and sea serpents.

After serving as a bath house and then gymnasium until the ‘50s, the building was left vacant and deteriorating. In the 1990s, it was briefly reimagined as the Brooklyn Lyceum, a cultural center. This project became feasible when a new owner, also developing an adjacent lot, was able to devote resources to restore this local icon.

The original use contributed to decay from the inside out, as decades of humidity created by steam heat, hot showers, and an 80,000 gallon swimming pool caused extensive deterioration. Work included stabilization, masonry reconstruction, brick replacement and repointing, terra cotta repointing, extensive cleaning and graffiti removal across the façade, replacement of wood multi-lite windows, and conservation of the vibrant terra cotta. Completed, the old bath house once again houses a gym.

Greystone Development
Cian Hamill
Thomas Ryan
Michael Zaromatidis

Architectural Archive
Richard Marcello

Continental Custom Windows, Inc.
James Farrell

Daniel Goldner Architects
Daniel Goldner
J. Mauricio Vasquez

Higgins Quasebarth and Partners, LLC
Sarah Sher
Cas Stachelberg

Mary Kay Judy Architectural and Cultural Heritage Conservation
Mary Kay Judy

Old Structures Engineering PC
Marie Ennis
Shaquana Lovell

Preserv Inc.
Carl Culbreth
Chris Donaldson
Francine Morales

Sharon Engineering
Ronen Sharon

TRM Contracting, LLC
Joe Armocida

Vesta Cast
Thomas Caruso

Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC
Robert Bates
Gabriella Brito
Alison LaFever

Shepard Hall, The City College of New York – 160 Convent Avenue, Manhattan
Shepard Hall is the monumental 1907 neo-Gothic landmark that is the historic anchor of City College. Designed by George B. Post, it was built of dark schist that contrasts with abundant white trim, and multiple turrets and towers. But by the 1970s and ‘80s, deferred maintenance and system failures made restoration seem beyond reach, and, incredibly, partial or complete demolition an option. The Main Tower was compromised. A 30-foot high projecting bay had collapsed. Sidewalk sheds protected the public from terra cotta fragments that regularly fell off the building as the underlying steel structure had severely deteriorated.

A plan to repair just the Tower’s upper section in the late 1980s was larger than any project previously undertaken. But its success led to some 10 construction phases across three decades. Step by step, the College salvaged Shepard Hall. They restored the Great Hall interior space and repaired the façade. The schist was repointed and 72,000 terra cotta units replaced with sound, substitute pieces that replicated the original color and intricate designs. Replacement aluminum windows were traded in for new wood windows with double-glazing. The stained glass was refurbished and protected, the grounds landscaped, and the Bell Tower’s bell reactivated. Shepard Hall’s place as the center of campus is once again secure.

The City College of New York
Vincent Boudreau, President

City University of New York

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Admiral Construction

Ahearn Painting

Altieri Sebor Wiebor, LLC,
Consulting Engineers
Andrew Sebor

Bayfil Construction

Capitol Casting

David Kucera Inc.


Elemental Architecture, LLC
Tom Abraham
John Barboni
Carl Stein

Ewell W. Finley, PC
Burr Evans

Gem Construction and Restoration Corp
John Addonisio

GFRC 360, Inc.

L. NAOUM, P.E., P.C Consulting Engineers
Lana Naom

Lakhani & Jordan Engineers PC

Lite Makers

Minelli Construction

MJM Studios

NAB Construction

Rambusch Lighting Co.

Ed Meade
Noel Ocampo
Robert Silman

The Stein Partnership

Stein White Architects

Stein White Nelligan Architects

South Bronx Job Corps Center – 1771 Andrews Avenue South, Bronx
Elaborately curved Flemish gables, numerous dormers, and deep-set transom windows make this 1908 Elizabethan Jacobean Gothic Revival-style building a focal point of its residential neighborhood. The massive, brick and stone structure with its central tower and projecting pavilion was designed by Charles Brigham as the Messiah Home for Children and later used as the Salvation Army’s School for Officers’ Training. The US Department of Labor purchased it in 1978, and renovated the interior for the Job Corps program.

This award honors the first comprehensive exterior restoration of this picturesque property. An extensive scope of work included repairing and cleaning all of the masonry, replacing all windows, and recreating missing finials, terra cotta and limestone ornament. At the roof, architectural shingles that match the original are an effective replacement for slate that had outlived its usefulness. The copper flashing, dormers, cupolas, and ornamental accents were repaired or replaced. Now fully restored, the building is the shining jewel in the Department of Labor’s extensive portfolio.

United States Department of Labor
Lenita Jacobs-Simmons – National Director, Office of Job Corps
Ricardo Carrasco
Marsha Fitzhugh
Johannes Hoffman
Maria J. Pizarro

DF Gibson Architects
David Gibson

Nagan Construction
Nadir Uygan

Gary Pomerantz-Mena

Susan Bacas

St. Bartholomew’s Church – 325 Park Avenue, Manhattan
The glorious Byzantine design of St. Bart’s Church has developed a significance nearly equal to its religious purpose. The Great Dome was a late addition, installed after architect Bertram Goodhue’s death, and in conjunction with the terraced community house, designed by Mayers, Murray and Phillip. The Dome, which was engineered and constructed by Rafael Guastavino’s company, has become a neighborhood beacon, offering a powerful contrast to nearby high-rises.

A decade ago, a conditions report for the Church identified dome restoration as a top priority. The stone cladding was deteriorating, allowing water infiltration which threatened the structure. Years of planning and testing preceded this restoration. Documenting the massive dome presented challenges, as did raising the funds for this ambitious undertaking. The project team considered replacing marble tiles in kind, but ultimately decided to use durable terra cotta, which promised a longer life. Over 6,300 artisan-crafted tiles which follow the original patterns and colors were installed. The project was completed with a regilded globe and cross installed at the top of the dome. The success of this work is set to inspire additional restoration of the Church, which is celebrating its centennial on Park Avenue.

The Vestry of St. Bartholomew’s Church
Peter M. R. Kendall
Liza Page Nelson
Percy Preston
Rt. Rev. Dean Wolfe

The St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy
Constance Evans
Carole Bailey French

Acheson Doyle Partners Architects
John Denaro
Michael F. Doyle
Louis Martino

Boston Valley Terra Cotta
John B. Krouse

Graciano Corporation
Richard Fitzpatrick
Glenn Foglio
Daniel P. McIntyre
Joe Sansone

Seamus Henchy and Associates, Inc.
Seamus G. Henchy
Chris Norfleet

Andre Georges
Edmund P. Meade

The Gilder’s Studio
Michael Kramer

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Chelsea – 346 West 20th Street, Manhattan
St. Peter’s Church opened in 1836, on land that writer Clement Clarke Moore conveyed to the vestry. Moore’s family owned much of the land that became Chelsea, and he served as a church Warden for many years. St. Peter’s was one of the earliest English-parish Country Gothic churches in the U.S., and inspired builders of many other religious properties.

By the late 20th century, the charming stone building faced major challenges: a deteriorating structure and a dwindling congregation with limited resources. A 1990s conditions survey led to restoration of the clock tower and recommended roof replacement, but the Church could not afford it. The failing roof allowed leaks to infiltrate the walls and interior for nearly 25 years.

Facing a crisis, energetic new leadership initiated a successful campaign to fund urgent rebuilding of corner piers above the roof. This work involved numbering all stones and documenting their location, before disassembly. The rebuilding installed internal stainless steel rods to tie stones together. And finally, the aged roof and drainage system were replaced. With the building envelope secured, the vestry can now take on work to restore the historic interior.

The Church of St. Peter’s, Chelsea
Reverend Stephen Harding

Old Structures Engineering PC
Marie Ennis

Plan B Engineering
John McErlean

Seaboard Weatherproofing
& Restoration
Jack Slowik

West New York Restoration
Kevin Crawford

William Stivale, Building Conservator
William Stivale

The University Club of New York – One West 54th Street, Manhattan
In this project, the University Club has improved lighting conditions in its splendid Main Dining Room, upgraded systems that were inadequate for the Room’s multiple purposes, and brought the spectacular ceiling to a sound condition and well-maintained appearance.

Several artisan firms worked together to develop a scope of work to treat damage and deterioration of elaborate finishes, and correct previous incompatible repairs. They cleaned, repaired, conserved, and consolidated plaster, gilding, and faux bois. At the centerpiece of the ceiling, portions of the canvas murals had been heavily overpainted and damaged, leading to a decision to replace the main panel and two roundels, after stabilizing and encapsulating the existing. The mural’s theme of the evening sky complements the first floor Main Reading Room’s morning sky mural.

A new lighting system using maintenance-friendly and energy-efficient LEDs has been concealed from view within the existing cornices and architectural elements. It highlights the restored ceiling and accentuates the Dining Room’s exquisite details.

The University Club
John Dorman
Theodore Gamble
Richard Hahn

Glenn R. Levey

EverGreene Architectural Arts
Toland Grinnell
Kim Lovejoy
Zinni Veshi

ICOR Consulting Engineers
Igor Bienstock

Kugler Ning Lighting
Jerry Kugler

Zubatkin Owner Representation, LLC
David Reese

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has been a leader in preserving, restoring, and reusing New York City’s architectural legacy for over 40 years. The Moses Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation work. Named in honor of dedicated New Yorker Lucy G. Moses, the annual Awards have recognized hundreds of leaders, organizations, architects, crafts people, and building owners for their extraordinary contributions in preserving our City.

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. Other possible categories include community groups or organizations that foster neighborhood revitalization.

The Preservation Leadership Award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual in the field of historic preservation. Past honorees include Ruth Abram, Wint Aldrich, Tony Avella, Kent Barwick, John Belle, Simon Breines, Giorgio Cavaglieri, Joan K. Davidson, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Franny Eberhart, Lola Finkelstein, Kenneth K. Fisher, Daniel R. Garodnick, Christopher Gray, James Marston Fitch, Margot Gayle, Anne Van Ingen, Judith Kaye, Sarah Bradford Landau, Helen M. Marshall, Joan Maynard, Nancy and Otis Pratt Pearsall, Ruth Pierpont, Adolf K. Placzek, Charles Platt, Jan Hird Pokorny, Henry Hope Reed, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Vincent Scully, and Robert Silman.

Only projects that were substantially completed during 2017 and located within the five boroughs of New York City were considered. Books, other publications, and films are not eligible.

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John Beyer (photo by Mike Falco)
54 Bond Street (photo by CTA Architects P.C.)
321 and 323 Canal Street (photo by Ines Leong, © 2017 L-INES STUDIO)
Child’s Building and Ford Amphitheater at Seaside Park (photo by Adrian Wilson)
Shepard Hall, The City College of New York (photo by Elemental Architecture)
The University Club of New York (photo by © Jeff Goldberg/Esto)

Additional images courtesy of project architects and award applicants.