Graciano Corporation Recognized With 2005 Lucy G. Moses Award For Outstanding Restoration Work At The Cloisters

3/10/2006, New York, NY

Graciano Corporation, one of the country’s leading architectural masonry restoration firms, received a 2006 Lucy G. Moses Award for its restoration work on The Cloisters, part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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.

This is the second consecutive year Graciano has been recognized with a Lucy Moses Award. In 2005, the firm won the award in the restoration category for its work on the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Built by the Rockefeller family in the 1930s, The Cloisters is located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan. The structure incorporates architectural elements from five medieval French cloisters, as well as stone and other building materials indigenous to the Manhattan area. The facility features extensive gardens and contains artifacts dating from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries.

The purpose of the yearlong restoration project was to stabilize the structure, repair damaged roof and façade components and to curtail water infiltration into the various buildings. Graciano began by carefully removing existing mission roof tiles to reach deteriorated substructures. New concrete roof decks, state-of-the-art roof membranes, and custom crafted terra cotta roof tiles from Boston Valley Terra Cotta, were then installed to restore the building’s Mission-style roofs to their original appearance. Artisans from the company also cleaned and repointed the granite façades of the complex, and probed the facility’s stonework to identify hidden structural problems. In addition, Graciano reset sections of bluestone and granite roof surfaces, replaced some deteriorated windows, and oversaw removal and reconstruction of a 50-year-old stone walkway in the complex’s Fuentidueña Chapel area. Final site clean up was completed by the end of the 2004 construction season.

The assignment posed a number of significant access challenges. Graciano quickly discovered after setting up on the jobsite that a traditional scaffolding installation around the complex’s central tower was not possible. Due to the way the buildings were built, many of the roofs could not bear the weight of the scaffolding. To get around this problem — and to ultimately complete the job — Graciano built a steel framework over the roof surfaces and then assembled the scaffolding on the framework. Scaffolding was successfully installed without any damage to the stone or tile work on the façades. In addition, access to or from the museum was not compromised during the restoration process.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized with this prestigious award for the second year in a row,” remarked Tom Corbo, Vice President and General Manager of Graciano’s New York Division. “It was truly an honor to work on such an amazing structure that is well known by people around the world.”

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 Brooklyn Academy of Music, 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.