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McGraw Hill gets a makeover.

One of Manhattan's most iconic skyscrapers has received a major makeover at the hands of Seaboard Weatherproofing & Restoration, the 73-year-old restoration company based in Port Chester.

Seaboard has been engaged in an extensive Overhaul of the famed McGraw Hill Building at 330 West 42nd Street in the Times Square neighborhood.

The restoration firm spent the last four Shears meticulously replacing and repairing the landmark building's signature terra cotta bocks and metal components due to aging and weather conditions over the years.

The painstaking process required cleaning the building's entire facade with low-pressure water blasts, and then the careful patching, re-glazing and replacement regimen to restore the original appearance of the terra cotta veneer. The cleaning of the facade revealed the original blue and green colors but also highlighted the extent of the damage. The new terra cotta material is being provided by Boston Valley Terra Cotta.

In restoring the steel facade components, Seaboard first stripped all paint, carried out a thorough inspection, and welded in custom-crafted replacement shapes. All metal facade elements are being recoated using the Tnemec Endura shield system.

The McGraw Hill Building stands 35 stories (485 feet) and was designed by the Art Deco architect Raymond Hood, with Cosmo Veneziale, ARCHITECT, P.L.L.C. serving as the restoration architect of record.

The building is best known for its stunning exterior, which features vibrantly-colored terra cotta ceramic blocks and dramatic architectural detail from top to bottom. The property boasts an impressive history, having been featured in the Museum of Modern Art's International Style exhibition in 1932. The building is managed by ASI Management.

"It is a pleasure working with Seaboard and their crew on the restoration of this iconic building," said Daniel Schwartz, property manager at ASI Management.

"The pride and resulting quality of the work they have done exceeded my expectations."

"It was an honor to restore one of Midtown's most recognizable landmarks," said Michael Y. Ahearn, Seaboard's President. "In rehabilitating the McGraw Hill Building, our craftsmen were able to help preserve a stunning piece of architecture and gem of Manhattan's skyline."

For Seaboard, the McGraw Hill restoration is a project amid an impressive portfolio. The company has also carried out work at the historic Woolworth Building, The Plaza Hotel, The Bronx Zoo, The Cloisters Museum, and a slate of other famed New York properties.

The company has received several awards for its work on high-profile projects.

Caption: Seaboard gave the building facade a major overhaul

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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:May 10, 2017
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