Dormitory Authority, State of New York
Gould Memorial Library, formerly part of the NYU Uptown Campus,
designed by Stanford White of noted architecture firm McKim, Mead
and White in
the 1890¹s, is a local interior and exterior landmark and is listed
on the National Register of Historic Places. FacadeMDled and worked
with conservation professionals and specialized contractors to
analyze and implement restoration and repairs which are expected
to increase the life of the windows and ceiling of this spectacular
building into the next century.
FacadeMD professionals conducted a survey and analysis of the guastavino
tile dome and roofs, performed historic research and restoration
of interior plaster cracks and finishes at the dome and barrel
vaults, designed minimally invasive reattachment of life-sized
hollow plaster statues,
as well as analyzed and restored wood and stained glass windows
by Tiffany & Company, and interior plaster finishes.
The FacadeMDTeam performed identification and analysis of deteriorated
conditions, leading to the preparation of construction documents
for restoration work, including resetting of the grand granite
steps and design and installation of ADA compliant bronze handrails
which were designed and engineered with structural aluminum cores
to meet both structural and aesthetic requirements. Cracks at
the plaster ceiling were adhered with a specially formulated adhesive
to retain the original plaster. Plaster statues were re-adhered
in-situ through 1-inch holes at the base via an articulating borescope
and adhesive injector. Plaster finishes were restored with appropriate
colors and materials based on chemical and microscopic analysis.
Large stained glass windows are an extremely rare three-dimensional
design by Tiffany & Company. The windows were removed, cleaned
and re-leaded, and once again reveal their original brilliant
colors to the library interior.
FacadeMD obtained approvals for work related to landmark status, recommended
the contractors for bidding and performed periodic visits to the
site during the restoration work.