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Restoring and Recreating the Historic Pavilions of St. Luke
Length: 44 Minutes


Historic 19th and 20th century buildings are currently facing the necessity of meeting contemporary needs such as adaptive re-use, energy efficiency, stability, and durability. The characteristics of architecture of these periods (i.e., material, design, details, maintenance, and functionality) increasingly make it challenging to maintain authenticity while incorporating new uses. Various strategies of technical interventions can be employed to achieve good results. This presentation will cover the case study of abandoned historic hospital pavilions from the early 20th century which are being converted into a high-end residential complex. The buildings face multiple challenges related to adaptive re-use, as they will be restored and connected with new infills and a glass connector and capped with re-creation of the historic cornices. The presentation will outline challenges of adaptive reuse through various technologies, leading to introduction of new elements and retention and upgrade of existing elements to incorporate new use.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn to use preservation theories in maintaining authenticity of historic fabric, while weighing in necessary interventions to meet contemporary needs.
  2. Learn how to select appropriate analytical tools for investigating older constructions.
  3. Understand how to identify issues and intervene to achieve durability, energy efficiency, retrofits, structural modifications and strengthening.
  4. Learn to discover examples of innovative preservation technology in New York City.

Charu Chaudhry, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Charu Chaudhry, Vice-President in the Renewal Group at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., has over 15 years of experience in historic preservation, building envelope, roofing, and waterproofing systems. Her work includes investigating, designing repairs and preservation treatments for restoration and adaptive reuse of historic landmarks. She has written several peer-reviewed papers and lectured extensively on the subjects of masonry, terracotta, concrete, grouting, climate change, and chemistry of historic adobe constructions. Charu is an active member of APTI Sustainable Committee, IIBEC Conventions Committee and serves on the Board of Advisers of the Historic Districts Council Committee.


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