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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Building Renovations and Maintenance Records
1938-2017
 NYHS-RG 4

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 23, 2021
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I. General Subject Files, 1938-2017. 21.58 Linear feet in one document box, two flat boxes, and several drawers of oversize folders

Scope and Contents Note

The General Subject Files series includes records of various building projects dating from the 1940s and forward. The distinguishing feature of this series is that each project documented in it includes a relatively small number of records for each project. These projects range from small, highly focused work, such as the installation of railings at the front entrance in the mid-1970s, to large scale work such as the installation of air-conditioning in the mid-1960s.

The content of the series appears to have been compiled from a variety of sources. Accordingly, the content is uneven and incomplete as to any particular project. Most documents lack fuller context including whether the work described was completed or not. Nonetheless, many documents provide important information about key projects. These include, among others, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Photographic Documentation taken in 2008 and 2010 in advance of interior and exterior renovation work done at that time, including in the auditorium; the early concept documents from Lee H. Skolnick for the DiMenna Children's Museum (2008-2010); and concept documents from Donna Lawrence Productions for the Orientation Theater (2008-2011).

Arrangement Note

The series is arranged in rough chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1 Water Main Break

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs of water main and sidewalk excavation (1948). Includes two blueprints of gauges (1938).

1938, 1948
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 2 Drawings for Glass Case
1952
Drawer: 12A-B7 Folder : 1 Proposed New Mezzanine Floor, East Gallery

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one drawing on tissue paper with elevations, lighting plan, and various details. Drawn by architects R.B. O'Connor & W.H. Kilham, Jr.

1951 June
Drawer: 12A-B7 Folder : 2 15 West 76th Street. Proposed Alterations

Scope and Contents Note

Drawing by Garrett H. Winter (N-YHS Superintendent).

1950s?
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 3 Air Conditioning Estimates

Scope and Contents Note

Includes report and correspondence from consulting engineers Meyer, Strong & Jones (1960s). See also folder below: Third Floor Office Proposal [Air Conditioning] for related 1965 blueprint.

1953, 1961, 1965
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 4 Insurance Map for N-YHS

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a map drawn by Marsh & McLennan highlighting the N-YHS building and its property at 15 West 76th Street.

1955 February
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 Floor Space Square Footage Calculations (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes room by room dimensions and square foot calculations taken by N-YHS Superintendent Garret H. Winter. A set of oversize schematic floor plans were separated to the following folder.

1956 September
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 8 Floor Space Square Footage Calculations (2 of 2). Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes oversize schematic of floor plans identifying the purpose of each space in the building. The document is undated but likely relevant in 1956 as it was included in folder with Winter's space calculations of that year.

1956?
Drawer: 12A-B7 Folder : 3 Third Floor Office Proposal [Air Conditioning]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one blueprint of a plan for air conditioning on the 3rd floor by engineers Meyer, Strong and Jones (drawing #HV-4). The blueprint is annotated with proposed changes of office locations, possibly also from 1965.

1965 May 20
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 4 Meyer, Strong & Jones

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueprints and some bluelines of plans of lighting layouts and air conditioning for the basement through the 4th floor.

1965-1966
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 6 Moore & Hutchins, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueline drawings, principally those drawn with the mechanical & electrical engineers Meyer, Strong & Jones for basement ductwork, piping and mechanical equipment spaces; ductwork ventilation plans for the 1st through 4th floors; and schedules and details. Also includes Moore & Hutchins's roof & skylight plan.

1965-1966
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 5 Moore & Hutchins, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueline drawings, principally those drawn with the mechanical & electrical engineers Meyer, Strong & Jones for lighting in the Reading Room and 4th Floor and for gallery wireway. Also one plan drawn by Gotham Lighting Corporation and approved by Moore & Hutchins. Also includes a voided architectural and structural roof plan.

1966
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 7 Moore & Hutchins, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueline drawings drawn with the mechanical & electrical engineers Meyer, Strong & Jones for lighting in the basement, roof, and 4th floor; light and power riser diagram; and wiring schedules.

1966
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 8 Robertshaw-Fulton Controls Company

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drawings of valve schedules (1961) and plans for heating controls, drawn for architects Moore and Hutchins and engineers Meyer, Strong & Jones (1966).

1961, 1966
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 3 W-M Metal Works

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bluelines of plans of ductwork in basement and of fan room (#1-B, 3-B, 4-B, 5-B, 6-B, 7-B (final), 8-FRB, 9-FRB, 10-FRB, 11-FRB Architects: Moore & Hutchings. Engineer: Meyer, Strong & Jones.

1966
Drawer: 12A-B7 Folder : 4 Basement Ducts. Field Check

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two blueline drawings by an unidentified drafter.

Undated (1960s?)
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6 Landmarks Preservation Committee

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a copy of the Commission's designation of the N-YHS building as a Landmark (1966) and an incomplete copy of the "Historic District Designation Report" for Central Park West, 76th Street (1973).

1966, 1973
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 7 Landmarks Permit for Minor [Lighting] Work
1973-1974
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 9 Castro-Blanco Piscioneri and Feder, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bluelines of floor plans for the cellar through 4th floor (drawings #1-5). Drawn in 1970 with revisions in 1972.

1970, 1972
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 10 Castro-Blanco Piscioneri and Feder, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photocopies and one blueline of floor plans for the cellar through roof (drawings #1-6). Drawn in July 1971 with one revision in September 1971.

1971
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 11 Castro-Blanco Piscioneri and Feder, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two floor plans on Mylar: a 1st floor plan (1970) and a 4th floor plan (M-4, 1972), with consulting engineer Richard Hill.

1970, 1972
Drawer: 9B-B5 Folder : 12 Castro-Blanco Piscioneri and Feder, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bluelines of floor plans (#1 to 6), stamped as inspector's official copy. Plan #6 (roof) has the original 1971 plan and the revised 1973 plan, with related amendment application filed with the Department of Buildings.

1971, 1973
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 1 Safety First Products Corp.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bluelines of plans for the fire protection system.

1973
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 8 Certificate of Occupancy (#73963)
1973 November 12
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 9 Front Steps Railing (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes proposals and drawings by P.A. Fiebiger, Inc. for iron railings for the main entrance stairs and vestibule stair. Includes approval and permit card from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The two drawings by Fiebiger were moved to the following oversize drawer.

1974-1975
Drawer: 12A-B7 Folder : 5 Front Steps Railing (2 of 2). Oversize

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two whiteprints of drawings by P.A. Fiebiger, Inc. for proposed iron railings for main entrance stair and vestibule stair.

1974-1975
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 2 Meyer, Strong & Jones

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plans and progress prints drawn by the mechanical & electrical engineers of riser diagrams, halon system, storage rooms, book stacks, wiring, and schedules. Also includes one plan drawn by Fire Controls Inc. related to halon release.

1974-1975
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 3 Fire Controls, Inc.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes floor layouts, riser diagrams, and smoke detection system wiring diagram.

1975
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 4 J & J Fire Safety Corp.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one blueline plan of control system with sequence of operation.

1975
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 5 Morse & Harvey, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two sheets of a blueline plan for a museum staff lounge.

1980 November
Drawer: 12A-B7 Folder : 6 Library Conservation Studio

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two bluelines of plans, electrical and elevations, by an unidentified drafter.

Undated (1980s?)
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 6 [Exhibition Spaces in Corridors and Library?]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two untitled drawings by an unidentified drafter.

1983
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 8 Charles E. Broudy & Associates, Architects

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bluelines of plans for the Museum Store, including 4 sheets issued for bid, a floor plan, and a rendering of the view from the door.

1985
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 9 Welton Becket Associates, Architects & Engineers

Scope and Contents Note

Includes eight sheets of plans for the basement level Tiffany Center, including plans of location, demolition, construction, reflected ceiling, details, electrical, finishes, and furniture.

1986
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 10 Welton Becket Associates, Architects & Engineers

Scope and Contents Note

Includes bluelines and photocopies of plans for a painting storage room. See also the storage room plans below in the folder attributed to Skidmore Owens.

1986
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 11 [Skidmore Owings Merrill (SOM)?]

Scope and Contents Note

Includes drawings for storage rooms for objects, painting, and paper. See also the Welton Becket Associates folder above.

1988-1989
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 12 D.M.C. Hopping

Scope and Contents Note

Includes blueline plans for the Luman Reed Gallery, including elevations of the gallery and doorways, details, floor plans, and windows.

1987-1989
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 10 Paintings Conservation Lab Construction Photographs
1988-1989
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 11 Schematic for Auditorium Audiovisual System
1989
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 13 Luman Reed Gallery. Door Panel Templates
[1989]
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 14 "Safety First" Poster

Scope and Contents Note

Includes three construction site posters used by Clayton Wilson Construction, Inc. to post site-specific emergency information.

1990s?
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 12 Objects Conservation Lab
1993-1995
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 15 Library Office & Reading Room Renovations

Scope and Contents Note

Includes various documents related to the renovation, including a compact storage survey, plans for compact storage by architects Beyer Blinder Belle, and a schedule by Westerman Construction Company.

2001-2002
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 13 Reading Room Floor Plan
2006 November
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 14 Comtec Comprehensive Fire Technologies. Fire Suppression System Training and Maintenance Manual for Print Room
[2006]
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 15 Platt Byard Dovell White, Architects. Architecture for the Strategic Plan

Scope and Contents Note

Includes hard-copy proposal and a CD.

2006 November 9
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 16 Platt Byard Dovell White, Architects. Phase V Capital Program-Cellar Plan
2007 March 2
Drawer: 9B-B6 Folder : 1 Platt Byard Dovell White, Architects. Proposed East Elevation

Scope and Contents Note

One mounted drawing of the front (Central Park West) of the building.

2007 March 20
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 5 Floor Plans

Scope and Contents Note

Includes plans of existing and proposed layouts by floor, by an unidentified drafter.

2007 June, September
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 3 Miscellaneous Design Images and Plans
2007-2008
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 4 Richard Meier & Partners, Architects. Design Proposal
2007 November 15
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 1 Platt Byard Dovell White, Architects. Phase V, Stages1A, 1B, 2A, 2B: Construction Documents
2008 April 1
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 2 Platt Byard Dovell White, Architects. Logistic Plans & Schedule
2008 May 21
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 7 Lee H. Skolnick. Design Renderings
2007 November 26
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 6 Lee H. Skolnick. Design Renderings
2008 January 8
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 5 Lee H. Skolnick. Identification/Signage Kick-Off Meeting
2008 July 17
Drawer: 9B-B6 Folder : 2 Lee H. Skolnick. Identity Study

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one mounted rendering of the front entrance (Option 1, Draft 1).

2009 July 2
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 1-4 Lee H. Skolnick. DiMenna Children's Museum (4 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes renderings, concept designs (2009), schematic design (2009), and fabrication documents (2010).

2008 July-2010 August
Drawer: 9B-B6 Folder : 3 Lee H. Skolnick. DiMenna Children's Museum.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one mounted "vision rendering" of the gallery.

2009?
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 17 Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Photographic Documentation

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 17 interior and exterior photographs taken in connection with proposed renovations and in conformance with a Letter of Resolution among N-YHS, the Empire State Development Corporation, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

2008-2009
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 8-12 Donna Lawrence Productions. Orientation Theater Experience (5 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes booklets on preliminary treatment (2008), final approved treatment with key storyboard frames (2009), revisions and new design and approved final (2010), preliminary script with key storyboards (2010), and revised script with key storyboard frames (2011).

2008-2011
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 18-19 Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Photographic Documentation. Auditorium (2 folders)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 3 sets of 9 photographs each.

2010
Drawer: 12A-B7 Folder : 19 Auditorium Plans by Platt Byard Dovell White

Scope and Contents

Package 2: Primary Scope. With architectural, structural and mechanical plans.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfered to Archives, 2020.

2010 August
Drawer: 12A-B8 Folder : 16 Reading Room Renovation

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two proposals with drawings of plans for bookcases, cabinets, and display cases, by Craz Woodworking Associates, Inc. and by Bunny Williams, Inc. (Architect G.P. Schafer).

2011
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 13 4th Floor Glass [Tiffany] Gallery & Education Media Center

Scope and Contents

Booklet for Capital Projects, Fiscal Years 2013 & 2014, specifically plans and images covering the 4th floor gallery (by Eva Jiricna, architects) and the education media center (Platt Byard Dovell White, architects).

2012 February
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 14 Poulin + Morris Designs for 4th Floor

Scope and Contents

4 sheets: East Corridor/Roy J. Zuckerberg Hall of American Silver (elevation, plan view); East Corridor/Women's History Center (elevation, plan view); John L. & Sue Ann Weinberg Mezzanine (elevation, plan view); and Norman S. Benzaquen Grand Staircase (elevation, plan view).

2017 January

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