MAY 09, 2018 — Greystone Development and preservation experts Walter B. Melvin Architects, announced that the New York Landmarks Conservancy has recognized the 227 4th Avenue property with the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award. Named for the late New York City philanthropist, the annual Lucy G. Moses awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors given for outstanding preservation.
In collaboration with Daniel Goldner Architects and preservation consultant Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, Greystone Development and Walter B. Melvin Architects worked to restore the historic facade of neo-Classical Public Bath No. 7 located at 227 4th Avenue. Built in 1910, the building was designed by prolific Beaux-Arts era architect Raymond R. Almirall who gained notoriety for designing several classically-inspired public buildings. The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building an individual landmark in 1984, and it was added to the national and New York State Registers of Historic Places in 1985.
Beginning in 2015, the preservation process consisted of the retention and preservation of almost 80 percent of the original glazed brick, limestone and terra cotta façade. Additionally, the intricate and colorful ornamental details, such as the nautical-themed polychromatic glazed terra cotta ornament and elaborate, classically-inspired cornice, were restored and revitalized.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and truly enjoyed being part of the collaborative effort that went into the restoration of this architectural landmark,” said Thomas Ryan, head of Greystone Development. “227 4th Avenue’s beautiful facade will be a reminder of the grand history of Park Slope for many years to come.”
“We are very proud to be a part of Greystone Development’s project team that worked to bring Public Bath No. 7 back to life,” said Alison LaFever of WBMA. “With thoughtful planning, careful workmanship, and effective collaboration, we were able to preserve the architectural character of this exceptional building for Park Slope residents, and New Yorkers everywhere, to enjoy for years to come.”
The 28th annual Moses Awards were presented on May 8 at the annual Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award Ceremony at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan. Cian Hamill accepted the award on behalf of Greystone and WBMA.