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Tishman Interiors collects award for West St. restoration project.

Tishman Interiors Corporation is the recipient of a "Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award" from the New York Landmarks Conservancy for its restoration work at the Verizon Building, located at 140 West Street in Lower Manhattan.

The annual award confers the Landmark Conservancy's highest honors for excellence in historic preservation.

TIC was honored with its client Verizon and a team of expert architects, consultants and subcontractors.

Tishman is serving Verizon as Construction Manager overseeing the disaster-recovery rebuild and historic preservation of the 140 West Street Building, originally completed in 1927.

On September 11, 2001, The Art Deco tower sustained severe structural and mechanical damage caused by debris from the collapse of the Twin Towers and the adjacent 7 World Trade Center.

The lead architect for the restoration work is William F. Collins AIA Architects, LLP.

Tishman coordinated efforts to restore the building's telecommunications and mechanical systems in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, and later oversaw extensive repairs to 140 West Street's facade and interiors.

The lobby, which was designated an interior land mark in 1991, had been damaged by burst water mains and firefighting efforts following the attacks. It took a team of 30 conservators, technicians, and artists over two years to restore a 210-foot-long vaulted ceiling, which was brought back to life inch-by-inch through an intricate restoration process.

The ceiling is embellished with murals depicting the stages in the evolution of human communication.

Peg Breen, President of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, said: "Verizon, Tishman and the entire team working on 140 West Street performed exemplary duties in completely restoring one of New York's preeminent architectural gems.

"When it was originally constructed, this building was a monument to a new era of growth and prosperity in our city and with its rebirth, it is once again a defining element in a new Downtown New York."

The First Art Deco Skyscraper

140 West Street was commissioned by the New York Telephone Company for its Headquarters and completed in 1927 as the Barclay-Vesey Building. The 32-story brick and limestone tower, designed by lead architect Ralph Walker, reaches nearly 500 feet and is considered one of the most significant structures in the annals of skyscraper design.

It is widely recognized by architects and historians to be the first Art Deco skyscraper, and its designers were awarded the Architectural League of New York's "Gold Medal of Honor" in 1927 for fine expression of the new industrial age.

The building boasts intricately carved cubic blocks of ornamental limestone and ornately detailed panels on its exterior that depict a broad range of designs. These motifs are repeated in the lobby, which contains veined marble walls, travertine floors decorated with bronze medallions. A neo-Romanesque vaulted arcade runs the entire length of the building's Vesey Street side.

A Painstaking Process Revives a Landmark

Piece by piece, the building's architectural elements and artwork were carefully restored to their original detail and luster. Technical analysis, historical research, and precise coordination were all components of the preservation effort. Restoration of 140 West Street's facade required 520,000 bricks, 22,500 cinder blocks, and 93 tons of structural steel.

To revive the building's lobby murals, technicians used hypodermic needles to inject acrylic resin and into crevices to reattach plaster and paint.

Workers also painted 509 linear feet of floral decorative panels to replace the originals. EverGreene Painting Studios Inc. was responsible for the lobby and mural restoration.
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Title Annotation:Construction & Design
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Jun 23, 2004
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