CTS Group Architects Receives AIA Gold Medal | CTS PA Group Architecture Planning

CTS Group Architecture Planning PA recently received a Gold Medal Design Award from the Regional Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Suburban Newark Chapter awarded the CTS Group a Gold Medal in the “Historic Preservation” category.

Once known as the “Leaning Landmark,” this historic building at 55 Reade Street, New York, NY, was at risk of collapse in 2007. Leaning nearly eight inches to the south due to excavation on its neighboring property, steel bracing was installed to keep it straight. Years of neglect and water seepage through the roof, windows and floor beams have left the facade of the historic building in very poor condition.

Originally designed by famed architect John B. Snook for the estate of wholesale grocer and tobacconist Stephen Storm. The Italian-style cast-iron transitional building from the Second French Empire was distinguished by its slate-clad mansard roof pierced with dormer windows and topped with a lace iron crest signifying the prestige of this elaborate historic structure.

The comprehensive restoration work on the exterior façade, completed in 2020, included the repair and replacement of missing and deteriorated cast iron elements, including decorative columns, capitals and cornices, the restoration of the recreation of the deteriorated sheet metal skylights , replacement of damaged slate roof and replacement of arched wooden windows and storefronts.

CTS Group assessed all construction conditions guiding selective repair and replacement and recorded existing details of all features which served as the basis for replication of missing and severely damaged features. Scientific paint sampling served as the basis for repainting existing and new cast iron and wood elements. New wooden windows were fabricated based on detailed field drawings and the decorative iron crest was reproduced from remnant parts found at the site.

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