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Battery Maritime Building

New York, NY

Originally built around 1906, the Battery Maritime Building serviced ferry rides up and down the East River and throughout New York Harbor. New York City’s subway system continues to run underneath the Beaux-Arts style building’s steel structure, which is supported by a substructure of wood piles that reach the bedrock.

Silman is currently working on the reinforcement of the existing building and the construction of a glass-clad vertical expansion.

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A previous phase of Silman’s work, completed with Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, was a complete investigation and analysis of the structure following by an exterior restoration. Work included the removal of exterior cast iron, sheet steel, other cast materials, stucco and all decorative materials, which were then restored or replaced to match the original appearance. Silman’s scope of work also included the restoration of the Guastavino tile ceiling in the north loggia.

A previous phase of Silman’s work, completed with Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, was a complete investigation and analysis of the structure following by an exterior restoration. Work included the removal of exterior cast iron, sheet steel, other cast materials, stucco and all decorative materials, which were then restored or replaced to match the original appearance. Silman’s scope of work also included the restoration of the Guastavino tile ceiling in the north loggia.

The completed space will contain a 70-room boutique hotel with a rooftop restaurant, a new multi-use food venue, live performance space, and areas for art installations and exhibits.

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