Tracy Mansion, Brooklyn Lyceum Among Winners of 2017 Ortner Awards in Park Slope


Winners have been announced for the Evelyn and Everett Ortner Preservation Awards, given annually to projects in Park Slope by community organization Park Slope Civic Council.

The award is named after the couple, who were “early and vigorous promoters of the borough as a historic site worth preserving and a collection of neighborhoods worth nurturing,” as the New York Times put it.

The awards honor local projects compatible with the neighborhood’s architecture and efforts to preserve the area’s historic character.

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Evelyn and Everett Ortner. Photo via Park Slope Civic Council

For rehabilitation of a historic structure, a prize will be given to ZR Empire & Associates, Leonard Colchamiro Architects and Scott Henson Architect for the Tracy Mansion, located at 105 8th Avenue. This Neo-Classical townhouse was designed by Frank J. Helme and was most recently a Montessori school.

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The interior of the Tracy Mansion at 105 8th Avenue. Photo via Park Slope Civic Council

RAND Engineering and Architecture will be awarded for their exterior renovation of the four-story Romanesque Revival townhouse at 153 Lincoln Place. Built in 1887 and originally designed by architects Lamb & Rich, it was most notably the home of the Lincoln Plaza Hotel.

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The restored exterior of 153 Lincoln Place. Photo by Susan De Vries

Also for exterior renovation, an award will be given to Pastor Daniel Meeter, Jan Hird Pororny Associates and PRESERV Building Restoration Management for the Old First Reformed Church at 126 7th Avenue. Designed by the legendary Brooklyn architect George L. Morse, the neo-Gothic building has considerable stained glass and a facade made of Indiana limestone.

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Exterior detail of Old First Reformed Church at 126 7th Avenue. Photo via Park Slope Civic Council

The final award, also for exterior renovation, will be given to Greystone Development, Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, Daniel Goldner Architects and Walter B. Melvin Architects for the neo-Classical public bathhouse at 227 4th Avenue, aka NYC Public Bath No. 7 and the Brooklyn Lyceum. Opening in 1906, it was designed by Raymond F. Almirall, who was also behind the design for the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.

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Restored details at Public Bath No. 7. Photo by Susan De Vries

The awards will be handed out at the next Park Slope Civic Council meeting on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. The Park Slope Civic Council, a volunteer organization formed in 1896, advocates for locals and aims to improve the neighborhood. For more information about the awards, click here.

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