Bank Street

brick wall repair with concrete block and stucco

A dangerous collapse of 1820s bricks requires removing an entire exterior wall and rebuilding it with concrete block and stucco.

I managed this project from start to finish, hiring architects, engineers, and contractors and attending to the approval process with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The various permits, engineering decisions, and design considerations stretched the project to nearly a year, requiring me to make good friends with the neighboring building owners to get permission for access and scaffolding. What started out seeming to the homeowner like a simple repair turned into a full-scale renovation of both the exterior and interior walls of this side of the house.

brick wall repair with concrete block and stucco

front view of west village carriage house

This charming federal-style house sits behind an 1820s rowhouse in the West Village


bricks on 1820s house beginning to bow and collapse

The back of the house sits on the lot line, and is only visible from the property on the adjacent street. A keen-eyed super from the apartment building next door spotted these cracked and bowing bricks before they could peel away completely.


naked backhouse

The condition of the early 19th-century bricks and their mortar was so deteriorated that the entire wall needed to be torn down and rebuilt. Here the back of the house and 5 feet of the adjacent walls lay bare, exposing the 1820s plaster lath.