Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Dairy & Belvedere Castle

Central Park
New York, New York

Restorations in Central Park, and later Prospect Park, were originally undertaken as "moonlight" projects while on staff at Russo+Sonder, then an expanding health-care practice. In collaboration with James Lamantia, they developed into a subsidiary joint-venture practice.

The stone section of the Dairy was a restoration; the wooden Loggia was a re-creation from the ground up.

Similarly, the Belvedere masonry was a reassembly, with some stones retrieved by the temporary draining of the adjacent lake. The "witch hat" tower and decorative pavilions are complete re-creations.

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