Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House

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The BAM Opera House is America’s oldest continuously operating performing arts center. The cornerstone of this grand building was laid in 1906 and construction was completed in 1909. In its rich history, the Opera House has seen performers from Enrico Caruso to Christopher Walken. The BAM marquee fašade features much decorative detail in brick, terra-cotta, granite and marble. Masonry restoration of this landmark requires strict adherence to New York City landmarks guidelines.

The project involved:

  • Masonry restoration
  • Supervision of specialty contractors
  • Extensive repair of corners and parapets
  • Removal of materials down to the structural steel frame, then rebuilding
  • Replication of damaged brick that is no longer available
  • Removal and resetting of terra-cotta panels of the band course
  • Replacement of damaged tiles with new tile to specifications using historically correct methods of reproduction
  • Creation of a GFRC cornice and parapet with balustrade to replace original building features
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Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House

Project Details

  • Completion Date: 6/21/2004
  • Owner: Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Funding: New York City Department of Design and Construction
  • General Contractor: Graciano Corporation
  • Engineer: Robert Sillman Associates
  • Construction Manager: Greyhawk North America
  • Prime Consultant: Hugh Hardy of Holzman Pfeiffer Associates LLP.
  • Tile Manufacturer: Boston Valley Terra-Cotta

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