Hello all! Welcome back to another segment of our NYC townhome restoration. We hope everyone out there stayed safe before, during and after hurricane Sandy. Now that the storm has passed, work has resumed again this week on the most … Continue reading →
Hello everyone! We’re back again with another post about our Chelsea restoration project. This time I’ll be discussing the entry door. The entry door is made of sturdy 5inch thick white oak wood. It has four trim encased openings for fenestration. The existing coating of varnish on the exterior of the door has deteriorated and we will be replacing it with a high quality application from Fine Paints of Europe paint company.
Two-toned doors will NOT be staying (bummer, I know): primed door on the right, final coat of paint on the left
Our project in Chelsea began with the demolition of the parapet wall at the roof level. The portion of the roof being replaced served as rainwater and snow catchment for the larger, slightly raised slopped roof. The owner was concerned … Continue reading →
For several weeks we have been rearranging and replacing a number of features for our current project. This historic townhome in the Chelsea area of NYC needed a few repairs and installments that would not only enhance its aesthetic qualities but also make it impervious to New York’s harsh weather conditions. The majority of the work has been on the exterior. The client was concerned about the weather resistance of the front door, the lower portion of the facade and the lower front windows. The main issue was at the roof level. The concern there was how the parapet delt with water drainage and accessibilty in the winter. One by one we are resolving these issues all while smoothly clearing the hurdles of inclimate weather and task coordination. More images will be available as the project nears completion.
As you can imagine, we here at HHF have been following the Partners in Preservation contest pretty closely. For those unaware of Partners in Preservation, it is a community-based initiative program that began in 2006. Each year they focus on a different city and select a list of local historic sites to receive grant money to fund restoration projects. And then this is where the fun begins: the list is handed over to the public who then votes for their favorite site to receive funding.
In 2012, 40 historic places throughout the five boroughs of New York City were chosen, the public voted for a month, and now we finally know who the winners are!
While I personally voted for the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx (because I’m creepy like that), I’m still pretty jazzed about this year’s winners:
Look at these amazing doors on the Brooklyn Public Library! (Source)