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Restoration at The Dakota.

Restoration at The Dakota

One of Manhattan's most famous addresses is getting restored. The New York-based architectural firm of Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Whitelaw, is currently restoring The Dakota, at 1 West 72nd Street.

The restoration work involves the repair of exterior brick and stone masonry, wood window restoration and the restoration of decorative copper, terra cotta and the slate roof, all of which have been ravaged by time and severe weather. The work will be completed in phases over a two-year period to avoid inefficient winter work.

The elaborate and eclectic building which complements its architecture and the landscape of nearby Central Park, was designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh, also known for the Plaza Hotel. Completed in 1884, the Upper West Side landmark is an elegant combination of German chateaux characteristics and English Victorian detailing balancing gables and dormers with arches, balconies and finials. Originally intended as a "family" hotel, it became one of the city's first luxury apartment houses and home to an assortment of wealthy personages, actors and celebrities.

The firm's preservation architects have received numerous awards for their restoration of many historically significant structures in New York and across the country. These structures include The Police Building; Central Park's Bethesda Terrace and Fountain; The Chrysler and Woolworth buildings; and the American Stock Exchange; New York, New York; Temple Rodef Shalom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and the City and County Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. The firm's current restoration projects in New York includes the restoration of the Old U.S. Custom House at Bowling Green, which includes the design of an educational and exhibition center
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jul 24, 1991
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