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EW YORK, NY – The replacement and res- toration of the historic Team includes Urbahn Architects, DDC, DCAS and Jablonski Building Conservation Replacement of the Beaux-Arts Skylight at Manhattan Surrogate’s Courthous receives award N highly articulated interiors. Photo by Ola Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

are the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honors for preservation excellence. The award will be bestowed upon the project team on Septem- ber 23, 2020, during the 30th Anniversary Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards Gala to be held at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan. Completed in 1907, this Beaux-Arts structure encom- passes an entire block in down - town Manhattan, bounded by Chambers, Centre, Reade, and Elk Sts. The interior and exte - rior are both NYC landmarks. The building was also placed on

the National Register of Histor- ic Places in 1972 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The building holds the city’s municipal archives and features ornate courtrooms for New York County’s Surrogate’s Court on the fifth floor. R. Thomas, one of the United States’ most sought after ar- chitects of public edifices in his day, designed the seven-story building. Thomas considered this building his masterpiece. The opulent three-story atrium features a 40 foot by 60 foot skylight that soars overhead, allowing natural light to flood in, illuminating the rich and

While many of the court- yard’s sumptuous finishes were imported from Europe, the skylight was fabricated just a couple of dozen blocks north of the building itself, in Chelsea. The monumental atrium space features an extraordinary dou- ble staircase of Tuscan marble imported from Siena, which leads to upper-level balconies. The walls and columns are lined with matching Siena marble, with blood-red marble roundels and elaborate carvings that in - clude garlands of fruit and foli- age. Mosaic murals by William DeLeftwich Dodge feature the signs of the zodiac. For the floor, the original architect chose pink marble from Tennessee and blue marble from Belgium, laid out in geometric patterns. When it was built, this atriumwas the grandest, most expensive, and most controversial – due to the cost and opulence – part of the building. The original skylight moni- tor actually consists of two separate glazed assemblies with an interstitial space in between. The outer assembly faces the sky and provides protection from the weather. The interior glass layer, or “laylight,” is seen by the pub - lic from within the atrium, and is therefore treated in a highly ornamental fashion. In addition to its visual function, the laylight provides code- required occupant protection from potentially falling glass. The monitor that projects from the roof is gable-shaped, with glass panels originally supported by a copper frame structure with a ridge at its peak. In addition to DCAS, DDC, Urbahn, and Jablonski, the team included construction manager The LiRo Group ; general contractor BQE In- dustries, Inc .; and structural engineer Ysrael A. Seinuk. Instrumental subcontractors included Bovard Studio, Inc. , which restored the laylight glass; Wemco Casting, LLC , which produced the cast iron frames; Gillinder Brothers, Inc. which cast the new glass blocks; Linel , which fabricated and installed the skylight; and EverGreene Architectural Arts , which recreated the lunettes and the ornamental bronze cladding that encases the skylight’s steel structure. EverGreene also painted the repaired plaster to match the marble panels. MAREJ

skylight within the landmark Manhattan Surrogate’s Court- house has received a 2020 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The team for this project included Urbahn Ar- chitects , programmanager the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) , owner the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) , and historic conservator Jablonski Build- ing Conservation (JBC) . The Lucy G. Moses Awards

NYC Surrogate Court skylight

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