69th Regiment Armory
Historic Facade Rehabilitation and Window Replacement
Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award
The armory that houses the United States 69th Infantry Regiment was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Hunt & Hunt and completed in 1906. Designated as both a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, the 69th Regiment Armory is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. A three-story brick structure with limestone trim, fenestrated with old-growth hardwood windows and crowned by a steep mansard roof, the armory occupies nearly an entire city block. Now widely regarded as representative of the early movement toward a 20th-century aesthetic, the 69th Regiment Armory was the first of its kind to reject medieval fortress design conventions and opt instead for a new approach to military architecture.
A limestone spall that fell twelve feet to the ground raised concerns about the stability of the century-old facade. To identify potentially hazardous conditions and establish a scope of repairs, the New York Office of General Services (OGS) and the Department of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) retained Hoffmann Architects + Engineers to undertake a facade investigation.
Field observation revealed spalled and cracked brick, limestone, granite, and concrete, attributable to lack of accommodation for movement, as well as to weathering and moisture infiltration. At building corners, lack of provision for expansion coupled with steel column corrosion led to continuous vertical cracking. The aging hardwood windows exhibited deterioration of frame and sash, water and air infiltration, damaged and missing hardware, and broken glazing.
To address deficiencies identified in the investigation, OGS and DMNA further retained Hoffmann to design and administer an ambitious rehabilitation program. The project included repair of cracked and spalled brick, reconstruction of masonry corners, repointing, limestone and granite repair, copper cornice and fascia restoration, closing of open gun turrets, restoration of ornamental metal, and facade cleaning.