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Manhattan Community Board 8 « CityLand

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At a public hearing in October 2011, architect Richard Metsky presented Straus's initial proposal.

Architect Richard Metsky, from Beyer Blinder Belle, presented Straus's plan.
Metsky said the neutral palette would not distract from the historic district and would become part of the background.

Architect Richard Metsky, ...

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Architect Richard Metsky, from Beyer Blinder Belle, presented Straus's plan. Straus planned to replace the heavily altered rowhouse abutting the Whitney at 943 Madison Avenue with a new infill building. A visible two-story addition would be built on top of the remaining five rowhouses along Madison Avenue, and the facades of the rowhouses would be restored. Straus would demolish a one-story infill building behind 933 Madison Avenue and a rear extension of 31 East 74th Street and build a nine-story residential building that would be set back 25 feet from East 74th Street. A one-story set-back rooftop addition would be added to 33 East 74th Street. The addition and new building would be clad in terra cotta to match the Madison Avenue rowhouses. Metsky said the neutral palette would not distract from the historic district and would become part of the background.

In a new video, architect Richard ...

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In a new video, architect Richard Metsky, a partner at famed preservationist firm Beyer Blinder Belle, discusses how they're transforming "the last intact, aggregate brownstones that you find on Madison Avenue today," plus two mansions on 74th into what a spokesperson for the development described as "devastatingly vast" trophy residences.

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Richard Metsky, Partner-in-Charge for the project, speaks about this history of the site and its evolution. Watch the interview below:

Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects ...

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Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, New York, NY; Richard Metsky, AIA, LEED AP, partner in charge

"We've had the privilege of working on several high-profile restoration projects in New York City and beyond," says Richard Metsky, AIA, partner in charge, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners. "Our experience revitalizing these significant - and often landmarked - buildings and sites, many of which were also built during or immediately after the Depression, prepared us for the scope of work and issues involved in the Empire State Building lobby, including murals, masonry and lighting restoration."
The original ceiling mural - a starry night sky rendered in gold and silver leaf - was conceived as a tribute to the Machine Age that had made the Empire State Building possible. Its sunbursts and stars, representations of industrial gears and wheels, remained a focal point of the lobby until the 1960s, when it was fully covered by an acrylic-panel dropped ceiling and fluorescent lighting. "The fluorescent lighting fixtures were installed in an effort to modernize the building and were intended to give it a contemporary architectural aesthetic," says Metsky.
"A central objective of the project was to restore the original light levels, which had been dramatically altered and were far too bright," says Metsky. "Fortunately we were able to go back to those drawings and identify the original lighting concepts, which we matched with modern technology to re-create historically accurate lighting effects throughout the lobby."
As commercial clients had come and gone over the years, the lobby's interior and exterior storefronts and signage had become a mish-mash of fonts and styles. To create cohesion, aluminum and bronze frames, glass fronts and Art Deco motifs such as scalloped edges and scrolls were adopted by all retail spaces, and complemented by a custom-made, trademarked Empire State Building font for signage. "We also developed an overall preservation master plan for the building's storefronts, signage and lighting, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission," says Metsky.
"The restoration and modernization of the Empire State Building lobby has taken us on a fascinating journey," says Metsky.

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