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Building Conservation Associates

Congregation Shearith Israel

Location: New York, New York
Year Built: 1897
Original Architect: Arnold Brunner

Congregation Shearith Israel is America's first Jewish congregation, founded in 1654. It's current building, designed by Arnold Brunner, in 1897 was designed in the neo-classical style, emphasizing the Congregation’s commitment to tradition. The historic stained-glass windows and interior was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, who also designed the interior. Brunner was the designer of several buildings around the northeast from hospitals to portions of the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

BCA created a Construction Protection Plan (CPP) to protect its stained glass windows prior to the demolition of the attached community house. The plan called for an assessment of conditions, stabilization measures, and procedures to mitigate the effects of construction vibrations, allowing the windows to remain exposed and in place during the course of the project. The monitoring program achieved non-invasive interventions to protect the historic windows.