One of New York's most treasured landmarks, the Washington
Square Arch, in New Yorks Washington Square Park was first
erected in wood in 1889 for the centennial celebration of George
Washing-tons inauguration. Designed by Stanford White of
McKim Mead & White, permanent construction was completed in
1895. After over a century, deterioration of the monu-ment and
its sculptural elements mandated
a comprehensive reconstruction and stabilization effort to insure
its continued survival.
Our task included the complete conserv-ation and restoration of
marble, stone, and brick masonry, accompanied by a comp-rehensive
structural analysis of the entire Arch. Of major importance is
the restoration of the interior Guastavino stair that provides
access to spaces within the Arch and the roof. An exterior illumination
campaign and site improvements were also implemented including drainage, paving, and fencing. It was completed in 2004 for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.