Graciano Corporation, one of the country’s leading architectural masonry restoration firms, received a 2004 Lucy G. Moses Award for its restoration work on the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Bestowed annually by the New York Landmarks Conservancy to recognize excellence in historic preservation, the award honors the legacy of Lucy Moses, a generous and dedicated New York resident who committed substantial resources to the preservation of New York City Landmarks. The award was presented to representatives from the company at a reception held on April 12, 2005, at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, 175 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan.
Graciano completed the exterior restoration of the BAM building in November of 2004.
The oldest performing arts center in continuous operation in America, the 93-year-old structure features extraordinary decorative detail in brick, polychrome terra cotta, granite and marble.
Working closely with Hardy, Holzmann and Pfieffer Associates, a leading planning, architectural and interior design firm, Building Conservation Associates (BCA), consultants for the conservation and restoration of historic buildings, cultural resources and works of art, and Robert Silman Associates, structural engineers, Graciano supervised and executed all phases of a comprehensive plan to restore the façade of the structure back to its original appearance.
After 10 decades of exposure to the elements, dirt and airborne pollutants, the building required comprehensive masonry and stone rehabilitation, terra cotta repair and replacement, cornice, parapet and balustrade replacement, and repairs to flashing systems and supporting structures. The entire building was also required extensive cleaning to return it to its original appearance.
“We are honored to recognized with this prestigious award, remarked Tom Corbo, Vice President and General Manager of Graciano’s New York Division. We are also pleased to be involved in restoring this incredible structure that is beloved by so many New Yorkers.”
With offices in New York City, New Jersey and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Graciano Corporation, is known and respected nationwide for its expertise in historic restoration and preservation. Some of the company’s other recent projects have included The Cloisters, Rockefeller Center, the Queensboro Bridge and MetLife Tower. The company has won numerous awards from the International Masonry Institute, New York Construction News, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and others.
Contact: Glenn Foglio, President, Graciano Corporation 412-963-8400.