FROM THE AIA:
The New York Public Library is considered one of the most important works of the firm of Carrère and Hastings. The design team investigated, recommended treatments, and oversaw a $50 million restoration of the library’s exterior in preparation for its centennial in 2011. The project addressed deteriorated marble facades, fine art sculptures, monumental bronze doors and windows, Monel roofs, and the surrounding ‘approaches’ or plazas. Repairs included cleaning (with soap and water), repointing (using hydraulic lime mortar), and various protective treatments. Over 2,000 carved in-situ marble dutchman patch repairs were executed.