SOHMER PIANO BUILDING - 170 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY
Landmark Restoration
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Robert Maynicke designed this distinguished Neo-Classical building for developer Henry Corn in 1897. Located within the historic “Ladies Mile” Landmark district of Manhattan, the building consists of 12 stories with a Penthouse and occupies a corner lot measuring approximately 30’ wide x 120’ long south west of the historic Flat Iron Building. The east end of the narrow Sohmer Piano Building is capped with a magnificent two-story octagonal cupola topped with a ribbed gold dome and flagpole.

An exterior inspection determined that many of the architectural features were in need of reconstruction and restoration. Part of the building-wide repair program included the restoration of the cupola dome, which consisted of waterproofing and re-cladding the dome in copper, and hand applied 24k gold leaf gilding. The work also included extensive reconstruction and restoration of terra cotta and limestone features and replacement of a 50-foot long skylight and integrated mansard roof.

BLA provided reports, documentation and testimony to the NYS AG related to settlement agreements with the Sponsor.