Unearthing the Past to Create New York’s Buildings of Tomorrow

Unearthing the past to create new york’s buildings of tomorrow
Left, a rendering shows a recital hall on the eighth floor of a condominium tower being built in the former Steinway Hall on West 57th Street. Archival photographs of the original, which was destroyed decades ago, right, are guiding construction of the near replica.

Cherubs danced at the feet of muses as they plucked lyres on the domed ceiling of the old Steinway Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan. Their joy was reflected in the face of Marci Clark, who stood below them last week, expounding on the grandeur of the 91-year-old room.

“Done in the neo-Classical style, with marble columns, pilasters and cornice in a range of hues, this double-height octagonal space was the work of Walter L. Hopkins, who did some of Warren & Wetmore’s most distinguished work,” Ms. Clark explained, referring to the building’s architects. “The painting is believed to be mimicking the 18th-century Austrian painter Angelica Kauffman.”

As an architectural historian, Ms. Clark, 30, has studied buildings throughout New York City in pursuit of her doctorate. Yet her research at Steinway Hall has a very different end: selling apartments. As she spoke, buzz saws and blowtorches growled in the background, preparing the foundations for a 1,428-foot tower to rise from what was once one of the world’s finest piano shops.

Just over two years ago, Ms. Clark traded her mortarboard for a hard hat to work in the marketing department of JDS Development Group, where she is now a director. Her job involves putting together sales brochures, managing brokers and publicizing projects, but she prefers to spend her time in libraries and the dusty archives of architectural firms. There she unearths the blueprints, photos, maps and documents that guide JDS projects, whether or not they involve historical buildings. Old topographies might lead to better engineering; a salvaged grille could become a motif in a new kitchen. […]

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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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