Restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan's Library: Architectural Conservation

The restoration project of our McKim, Mead & White building is moving along with the guidance and careful eye of the architectural conservators from Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc. (ICR). Glenn Boornazian, the President and Principal Conservator of ICR discusses their process of assessing the building with an overview of the work they are doing to restore the building in this video. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Throughout the project, the ICR team is determining what is necessary in order to do a comprehensive and cohesive restoration. While the building is in remarkable condition for its age, some degradation of a 112-year old structure is expected. ICR has developed a strategy to balance the work: retaining some cracks in order to show history while doing repairs that pose physical or aesthetic issues. Throughout the project, they design conservation methods that are physically and aesthetically compatible with the original materials to further the lifespan of the building for years to come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lead sponsorship provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, Inc., Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Katharine J. Rayner, Mrs. Oscar de la Renta, The Thompson Family Foundation, Inc., and public funds from the City of New York through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and Council Member Keith Powers.