Reflections on the art and science of restoration, profiles of our projects, and discussions of issues in the profession.

September 21, 2023
NYCHA Housing: A City Within a City
We often feature our work restoring New York’s landmarks and irreplaceable, historic buildings. But NYC’s array of public housing forms part of the backbone of the city—one that SUPERSTRUCTURES is proud to help keep safe and viable for over 360,000 residents each year.
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September 14, 2023
Congratulations to Lorie Riddle
SUPERSTRUCTURES congratulates Associate Principal Lorie Riddle, RA for becoming a Recognized Professional of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT). Lorie’s credentials and work with SUPERSTRUCTURES make her a natural choice for this recognition.
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September 7, 2023
Hamilton Hawk
SUPERSTRUCTURES’ team spotted this Red-tailed Hawk (from a respectful distance) while surveying the roof of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. Perched on a sculptural section of the parapet, the urban raptor resembled a gargoyle as it overlooked Battery Park.
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August 31, 2023
Restoring the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
SUPERSTRUCTURES is proud to have been selected by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) for restoration work on the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, a National Historic Landmark. The 1907 Structure by Cass Gilbert is undergoing a $100 million, top-to-bottom restoration.
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August 24, 2023
Trumpeting Our Work for the Louis Armstrong Center
Characterized as a design that “simultaneously fits in and stands out,” the new Louis Armstrong Center features a curved facade composed of faceted flat glass punctuated by vertical metal fins. SUPERSTRUCTURES provided Special Inspections for DASNY to support construction of this unique cultural facility in Corona, Queens.
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August 17, 2023
Back to (Snyder) School
It’s back-to-school time for New York City’s students. Those who attend a school designed by Charles B. J. Snyder may overlook the gargoyles, Guastavino tile, and Neo-gothic details around them. But SUPERSTRUCTURES has had the honor of working on various Snyder structures, contributing to the preservation of his architectural legacy—whether students notice or not.
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August 10, 2023
A Revolutionary Restoration: Patrick Henry Prep
An award-winning school, Patrick Henry Preparatory (P.S. 171) also has a history worth celebrating: it was designed by Charles B.J. Snyder in his Collegiate Gothic style and named for a famous Founding Father. SUPERSTRUCTURES provided investigation, design, and construction administration services for the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) to restore the historic school.
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August 3, 2023
What is Regent Street Disease?
Clever of the British to give a posh name to a common problem. But London’s Regent Street Disease affects buildings, not people. Whatever the name, this phenomenon is the same on either side of the Atlantic. When structural iron or steel corrodes, it expands, causing cracks, spalls, or wholesale failure in the surrounding masonry and calling into question the member’s ability to sustain the load it was designed to carry.
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July 27, 2023
NYC Initiative Battles Sidewalk Sheds
The “Get Sheds Down” initiative just announced by NYC Mayor Adams and DOB Commissioner Oddo is intriguing—especially in concert with new rules that allow use of UAVs (drones) for building inspections. We join the city in working to minimize the intrusion of sidewalk sheds.
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July 25, 2023
Hooray! Drones Cleared for Takeoff
New York City has issued new rules that allow for some uses of UAVs (drones) in the five boroughs, including for building inspections. We applaud NYC for this decision and look forward to deploying drones on facade inspections, building on the success we’ve had using them outside the city.
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