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Restoration work praised.

Restoration contractors, The Yates Group Ltd., was honored yesterday by the Landmark Preservation Commission for their work on the Fred F. French building, a 38-story New York landmark located at 551 Fifth Avenue.

In a formal ceremony held at City Hall, Laurie Beckelman, chair of the Commission, officiated in recognizing Yates and over 25 other contractors and government departments for their respective efforts on a total of 13 landmarked buildings and sites situated in the five boroughs.

On its higher floors, the French Building's ornate design includes intricate patterns of black and red terra cotta tilework and a series of murals, particularly the familiar, highly recognized face of Mercury, also known as the Greek God Hermes. The task for Yates was to replace approximately 4,000 units of multi-colored terra cotta tiles, while removing 60,000 existing bricks, waterproofing the structural steel in place, replacing deteriorated steel around the spandrels and installing 2,000 cubic feet of limestone.

Restorationists Jung Brannen Associates, Li-Saltzman Architects, Wiss Janney Elsmet Associates, and Turner Construction all were honored by the Commission for their work on the Fred F. French building which received landmark status in 1986.
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Title Annotation:Yates Group Ltd. honored by Landmark Preservation Commission for work on Fred F. French building at 551 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jun 30, 1993
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