SAN REMO APARTMENTS - 145 Central Park West, N.Y.C.

SAN REMO APARTMENTS

Location: 145 Central Park West, N.Y.C.

The San Remo (145 and 146 Central Park West) is a luxury, 27-floor, co-operative apartment building in New York City located between 74th and 75th streets, which is three blocks north of the Dakota building. The San Remo is described by Glen Justice of the New York Times as "a dazzling two-tower building with captivating views of Central Park." As a housing cooperative, its board has a "reputation for lenient admissions standards" compared to the conservative, old-money boards on the other side of the park. Past and present residents of the building include such famous personalities as Stephen Sondheim, Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Donna Karan, Tony Randall, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman, U2 frontman Bono, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis, Trey Parker, Eddie Cantor, Robert Stigwood, Marshall Brickman, Jackie Leo, Don Hewitt, Billy Squier, and Texas natural-gas heiress Adelaide de Menil but also some businessmen: Dodi Fayed, Andrew Tobias, Aaron Spelling, Jack Sherwall, Hedy Lamarr. Rita Hayworth spent her last years there.


San Remo Apartments 145 Central Park West, N.Y.C.

145 Central Park West, N.Y.C. Iron Doors restoration

STRUCTURAL REPAIRS ESSENTIAL FOR LASTING PRESERVATION:

Poor maintenance "sowed the seed" for future repairs, and created these problems

 

Original steel framing behind cladding had been replaced Replacing the internal steel framework removed previously by previous shoddy repairs Internal steel framework BEFORE

Original steel framing behind cladding had been replaced with 1/16" aluminum plate to the left, now removed. New single piece welded steel plate 1/4" - 1/8" thick replaces existing aluminum patched support. Bronze TIG welded patch

 

ANTIQUE NICKEL PLUMBING FIXTURES BEFORE RESTORATION Internal piece DURING

New single piece welded steel plate 1/4 - 1/8 thick replaces existing aluminum patched support.

Replacing the internal steel framework removed previously by previous shoddy repairs, required tungsten inert gas TIG welding to repair the damages to the 1/16" thin bronze cladding of the door. Now strong as new

 

Internal framework

Before-	Center Pivot Stile Repair After Repair

Before- Center Pivot Stile Repair

After Repair

Bronze door bottom before repair

Bronze door bottom before repair

Deforemed bronze of door front result of poorly installed hinge supports
x Bronze plate removed, deformation hammered out.

Bronze plate removed, deformation hammered out.

 

Other side of door bottom by floor pivot hinge, door sagging and dragging on sill mounted closer

Other side of door bottom by floor pivot hinge, door sagging and dragging on sill mounted closer

 

ANTIQUE NICKEL PLUMBING FIXTURES BEFORE RESTORATION

During repair- cladding removed, to replace broken steel angles. Internal framing seriously corroded, note broken original angle that was supposed to keep the frame square. Original 1/8" angles replaced with 1/4".

 

During repair- cladding removed, to replace broken steel angles.
Medallions and ornaments disassembled.

Medallions and ornaments disassembled. Various repairs needed, from repairing split castings, to repairing worn holes and threading. The holes enlarged from the weight of the medallions supported by small machine screws, stressed by the force of holding the medallions while the door opened and closed many tens of millions of times . Larger holes drilled, then tapped and new screws inserted to fill the holes, and soldered. Filling of old extraneous holes from abandoned hardware then had the screws cut off and ground flat. Original holes were then re- drilled and tapped to the original size, and then the ornaments reattached.

 

Split bronze casting

Elongated hole                   Split bronze casting

Enlarged holes drilled, filled, re-drilled and tapped (before polishing)


Faint silver solder rings visible around holes prior to polishing After polishing the rings disappear

Faint silver solder rings visible around holes prior to polishing

After polishing the rings disappear

All screwed ornaments loose and flopping around before Tight as new after repair

All screwed ornaments loose and flopping around before

Tight as new after repair

Strike plate and stile broken, missing elements Dutchman inlays TIG Welded, ground and polished, as new

Strike plate and stile broken, missing elements

Dutchman inlays TIG Welded, ground and polished, as new

The stile crack is visible after repair and reinforcement, less so after welding, then disappears during polishing.

 



By Peter Triestman

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