Empire State Building Lobby Restoration

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Empire State Building Lobby Restoration

New York, NY
Stuart-Lynn worked with Beyer Blinder Belle and Evergreen Architectural Arts on a complete historic restoration of the lobby of the Empire State Building. The project included refurbishment of the building entrances, ceiling, floors and lighting as well as restoration to several display vitrines. The original Art Deco ceiling murals show the sky as imagined when the building was designed in the 1920’s. The murals had been left to deteriorate for more than 35 years after being covered with plastic panels and had to be completely reproduced. Other changes to the lobby include reinstallation of chandeliers more faithful to the 1920’s, as well as the replacement of the clock over the information desk with an anemometer. The restoration required complex and costly logistics and phasing as the entire building and lobby remained open and in use throughout the construction phase.

Size: 16,500 sf
Completion: 2009
Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle, Evergreen Architectural Arts
Engineer: Goldman Copeland Associates, Robert Silman Associates