Boston Valley Terra Cotta Receives Preservation Awards

Three Boston Valley Terra Cotta projects were awarded the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation at the 25th Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. Boston Valley restoration projects include the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse, El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 and the Kings Theatre. The event took place at the Co-cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, N.Y.

From 2010 through 2014, the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse underwent a masterful restoration of the granite and terra cotta façade on this massive Romanesque Revival structure built in 1933.

El Barrio Artspace was an abandoned East Harlem school designed by CBJ Snyder and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Artspace organization decided to repurpose the structure, requiring an exterior restoration of the terra cotta façade as well as a complete adaption of the interior for use as affordable housing and studio space for local artists. The Kings Theatre—one of five former “Wonder Theaters” the Loews Corp. built in the late 1920s—was the focus of a $90 million renewal effort funded by public and private sources which was noted as “the most exuberant restoration of the year.”

The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards are the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation. The Landmarks Conservancy has been dedicated to preserving, restoring and reusing New York City’s wonderful architectural legacy for more than 40 years. For 25 years the Moses Awards have recognized individuals, organizations, architects, craftspeople and building owners for their extraordinary contributions to preserving the city. The awards are named after Lucy Goldschmidt Moses, a dedicated New Yorker whose generosity benefitted the city for more than 50 years.

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