By SÍLE MOLONEY
A landmark in the Bronx has been honored with the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s highest honor for excellence in preservation. St. Anselm & St. Roch Church, located at 685 Tinton Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, was the only Bronx monument to win an award in a virtual ceremony that took place via Zoom on Wednesday 23 September at 6 p.m. on the 30e anniversary awards.
Peg Breen, president of The New York Landmarks Conservancy, said St. Anselm & St. Roch Church was modeled after the Hagia Sophia The Grand Mosque of Istanbul in Turkey is one of the few examples of Byzantine style architecture in New York.
“The interior is filled with rare German craftsmanship, including mosaics, frescoes and elaborate metalwork,” Breen said. “Water infiltration threatened the interior and there was an urgent need to repair and restore the multiple roof domes and masonry. The Archdiocese of New York stepped in to help.
Breen said Harold Martinez of Two4Design Architecture PLLC oversaw the entire job. “The main dome received a new waterproof membrane and a copper coating that matches the original. The lower roofs received new membranes and lead caps, the brick facade was repointed and selectively reconstructed, ”she said.
“The works also restored and replaced the central dome’s clear lead-glass storey windows and restored some of the stained glass. One of the city’s most distinctive churches is now secure, ”she added.
Father Enrique Salvo is the local representative of the church, and Zelko Vulk of Cro International Inc. led the physical restoration work.
Other 2020 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards project the recipients were:
- 817 Broadway, Manhattan
- Belvedere Castle, Central Park, Manhattan
- Doering-Bohack House, 1090 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn
- Empire Stores, 55 Water Street, Brooklyn
- Fire watchtower at Marcus Garvey park , Mt. Morris Park West, Manhattan
- Fort Totten, building 207, Fort Totten Avenue and Officers Drive, Queens
- Fotografiska New York, 281 Park Avenue Sud, Manhattan
- Henry Street Settlement, Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center, 269 Henry Street, Manhattan
- Manhattan Civic Buildings:
Manhattan Appeal Courthouse, 27 Madison Avenue, Manhattan
Manhattan Surrogate Courthouse, 31 Chambers Street, Manhattan
Sun Building, 280 Broadway, Manhattan
- McGraw-Hill Building, 330 West 42sd Street, Manhattan
- St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, 1160 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
- TWA Hotel, One Idlewild Drive, Queens
Other winners of the evening included Anthony C. Wood, lawyer and founder of the New York Preservation Archive Project, who received the 2020 Preservation Leadership Award at the ceremony, while Stephen Briganti, president and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. received the Public Leadership in Preservation Award.
The Moses Founders’ Awards were presented to Joseph Fishman, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., Susan Henshaw Jones, former president of The New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Stephen Lash, board member of The New York Landmarks Conservancy .
The Conservancy is grateful for the support of the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, which made the awards possible.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy, a private, non-profit organization, has led efforts to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural heritage for nearly 50 years. Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and awarded over $ 52 million, leveraging over $ 1 billion in 1,850 restoration projects across New York City, revitalizing communities, stimulating the economy and supporting local jobs.
The Conservancy has also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both nonprofits and individuals. The work of the Conservancy has saved more than a thousand buildings across the city and state, protecting New York’s distinctive architectural heritage for residents and visitors today and for generations to come. For more information, please visit www.nylandmarks.org.