Zaskorski & Associates, Architects, A.I.A., PC
The Rodin Studios, New York NY
The inspections of the building's facade performed by Zaskorski & Associates revealed extensive damage to the 90-year old Rodin Studios. The 700 cornice terracotta pieces were determined to be unstable and unsafe. The cornice was replaced to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's specifications with glass fiber reinforced concrete, fabricated locally, it is lighter and stronger than the original terracotta. Extensive cast iron restoration of the decorative bars, ravens and grapevine motifs were undertaken, and no brick was found to match the original brick, 10,000 perfectly matched bricks with varying blue, sienna, beige and white slip glaze were fabricated. In the building lobby, the original plaster coffered ceiling was repaired and restored to its original polychromatic quality. Over a period of 3 years the restoration aimed to faithfully duplicate the quality and design of the original.