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NY Architectural Terra Cotta Works
Historic Preservation

The New York Architectural Terra Cotta Works housed its corporate offices within what we now call “The Terra Cotta Building”.  

Established in 1886, the company was the only major architectural terra cotta manufacturer in New York City and, when completed, its facilities were the largest in the country for architectural terra cotta. The company set up its manufacturing operations on the Long Island City waterfront in 1886 and in 1892 this office building was constructed.  The company supplied terra-cotta for Carnegie Hall and the Ansonia Hotel, among others. The company went out of business in the 1930s, and the building became vacant. It was eventually bought in 1965 by Citibank and then purchased by Silvercup Studios. It was landmarked in 1982Silvercup approached Magnum Opus Architecture to conduct an exterior historic preservation/restoration to the building and alter the existing interior to create a cathedraled ceiling and new two-story atrium at the center of the building.   The existing windows were far beyond restoration so new historically correct windows were selected.    Probes were created in the exterior walls to confirm how the building was constructed (hidden “queens headers” & mass masonry). Existing mortar was sampled to confirm the make up of the lime putty mortar which was them manufactured to the same specifications for this project. Project Type: Building Restoration Scope of Work:

  • Masonry Replacement
  • Lintel Replacement
  • Masonry Re pointing
  • Windows Replacement
  • Decorative Brickwork Restoration
  • Terracotta Replacement (custom casts were created)
  • New Structural rings and ties to create the catherdraled ceiling
  • New steel stricture to create the two story high space
  • Terra Cotta roof tile replacement & new hidden Yankee Gutter installation

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Interior, Space Programs
85 Broad St – EXPANSION

85 Broad St – EXPANSION

Project Type: Interior Architecture
Building Restorations
39-75 56TH ST – Apartment Building

39-75 56TH ST – Apartment Building

Project Type: Façade Restoration, building restoration, local law 11
Building Restorations
343 4th Ave – Apartment Building

343 4th Ave – Apartment Building

Project Type: Façade/Balcony Restoration
Building Restorations
216-10 77TH AVENUE – Apartment Building

216-10 77TH AVENUE – Apartment Building

Project Type: Façade Restoration, water infiltration
Building Restorations
Sandcastles Condominiums

Sandcastles Condominiums

Project Type: Building Restoration
Interior
344 OCR – CARLE PLACE : Sports Themed Restaurant

344 OCR – CARLE PLACE : Sports Themed Restaurant

Project Type: Interior Architecture
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