Bowne House Restoration Scheduled to Begin in the Fall (2012).
Restoration work on the 1661 Bowne House is scheduled to begin this year. NYC Parks and Historic House Trust (HHT) have selected a contractor, AAH Construction, for Phase II of the project. Jonathan Mellon from HHT and Paul Daley from DPR (Department of Parks and Recreation) will be overseeing the work. The funding allocated for Phase II is $3,925,000; public funds were provided by the Borough President, the City Council, and New York State.
Jan Hird Pokorny Associates is the restoration architect for the restoration. Work will follow the guidelines established by the historic structures report prepared by Hartgen Associates of Albany. The Bowne House Historical Society retained both consultants, utilizing private funds raised for the restoration.
Phase II will include structural stabilization, replacement of the cedar roof, repairs and replacement of the clapboard siding, and repairs and reconstruction of the windows. Later phases will include heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and interior finishes.
AAH has worked on historic properties in the city; most recently, the performed work at Gracie Mansion and at the nearby Kingsland museum (home of the Queens Historical Society).
The Bowne House Visitor’s Center is scheduled to start in 2013. The required archaeological field work for the project has been completed and we are awaiting analysis of the results. Project Managers for this work are Jonathan Mellon and Jeffrey Scharpf of DPR. The architect for the Visitor’s Center is James Dixon; his design of the building has been received awards.
We are thrilled to see these eagerly awaited projects move forward and are very grateful to our members and friends, and also to our elected officials, without whose enthusiasm and commitment the restoration would not have been possible.
As construction moves forward, we will include regular updates on our website, along with photos of the work-in-progess.