CTS Group Architecture/Planning PA awarded the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy
CTS Group Architecture/Planning PA was part of a team recently selected by the New York Landmarks Conservancy as the 2022 recipient of its highest honor, the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, for its work as a restoration architect on the historic building in cast: 55 Reade Street, New York, NY. This Italian/French Second Empire style cast-iron transitional building is an individual New York City landmark. It was designed by famed architect John B. Snoop for the estate of grocer and tobacconist Stephen Storm. Its Mansard roof covered with slates surmounted by an iron crest signifies the prestige of this commercial structure.
The comprehensive restoration work included the repair and replacement of missing and deteriorated cast iron elements, including decorative columns, capitals and cornices; restoration and recreation of deteriorated sheet metal skylights; replacement of damaged slate roof; replacement of arched wooden windows as well as wooden storefronts.
The 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.