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(PRWEB) July 29, 2005

Seaboard Weatherproofing and Restoration has been retained to rehabilitate the decorative terra-cotta façade of the Woolworth Building in lower Manhattan. Construction recently commenced on the project.

The 60-story landmark building, completed in 1913, is a neo-Gothic masterpiece designed by Cass Gilbert. The scope of the project includes restoring damaged limestone on the first four floors, replacement and repair of over 400 decorative terra-cotta stones, and resealing the joints of all copper mansard roofs.

“It is an honor to work on such a classic structure,” said Michael Y. Ahearn, President of Seaboard Weatherproofing and Restoration. “Historical restoration is one of our specialties and it doesn’t get much better than this.”

Called the “Cathedral of Commerce,” the Woolworth Building stood as the world’s tallest until the Chrysler Building surpassed it in 1930. The building served as the Woolworth Company’s headquarters until the retailer declared bankruptcy in 1997. Architect Cass Gilbert also constructed 90 West Street, which was heavily damaged in the 9-11 attack. Seaboard is in the final stages of restoring 90 West, which was recently ranked number 14 by New York Construction Magazine’s Top 20 projects 2004-05.

The Woolworth Building is a New York City Landmark, and all work must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which ensures that exterior alterations are historically accurate. Seaboard takes great care in creating a watertight and sound façade for the future while respecting the history of every stone being repaired.

Seaboard is currently assisting the architect in façade inspections of the entire building envelope. Several new conditions are being uncovered, which Seaboard is working to resolve in consultation with the architect and the terra-cotta manufacturer. Work on the building is expected to be completed by the end of 2005.

Seaboard Weatherproofing and Restoration is located at 530 Willett Avenue in Port Chester, NY. The Company recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.

About Seaboard Weatherproofing and Restoration:

Based in Port Chester, NY, Seaboard Weatherproofing and Restoration is one of the leading restoration and alteration construction firms in the New York City metropolitan area. The company has received several accolades for its work on high-profile projects, including The Elephant House at the Bronx Zoo, The Cloisters museum, and 90 West Street, originally constructed in 1907 and designed by noted architect Cass Gilbert, which experienced extensive damage during the 9-11 attack. For more information, please call (800) 347-7464.

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