Preservation [view projects in this sector]

Working with older buildings is one of the firm’s special strengths. In the 1980s, the firm launched a strenuous effort to save the Helen Hayes and Morosco Theaters., which led to a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and helped usher in a new awareness of the need for preserving the city’s architecturally significant older structures.

LHPA is also known for conceiving the first modern adaptive reuse project in New York. The firm converted the Henry Street Studios (formerly Peaks Mason Mints factory) into housing for artists. Since these early experiences, we have been entrusted with some of New York City’s most venerable landmarks, including Grand Central Terminal, the Plaza Hotel, Trinity Church and the Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue.

In practicing this specialty, LHPA strives to maintain a careful balance between the old and the new – a balance that respects and reinforces a rich architectural heritage while accommodating contemporary uses and design innovation.

An appreciation of a building’s context, history and architectural detail is at the heart of our work with older structures. This sympathetic approach is backed by an ability to research historic precedent and building practices and to apply sophisticated technology. The firm also offers its extensive experience with craftsmen and artisans who are able to replicate historic architectural details with accuracy and care.