Tweed Courthouse

A Model Restoration

John G. Waite (Author)

With Nancy A. Rankin, With Diana S. Waite


Focusing on the methodology of preservation technology, this book tells the story of the $90 million historic preservation of a designated New York City landmark. It presents the restoration and adaptive reuse of the magnificent courthouse, built by New York's crooked 'Boss' Tweed, as an exemplar of preservation practice.

The project is unique, but the approach and techniques utilized in the work have application for saving other public buildings.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • July 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73123-1
  • 8.8 × 10.3 in / 192 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[A]n excellent example of the multifaceted components in any major restoration. . . . Highly recommended.” — L. B. Sickels, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Choice

“[E]xtremely well crafted…a choice addition to the libraries of preservation professionals…as well as public administrators…a textbook example for educators.” — Robert A. Young, APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology

“[A] good addition to the many fine architectural volumes for New York City and a handsome and informative book for more casual readers.” —

“...a well-written and authoritative chronicle of a superlative restoration and adaptive reuse project. It can serve as a textbook on how to complete such work in the most efficient manner. Its many architectural drawings and photographic illustrations greatly enhance the volume’s didactic value, making it a valuable addition to the reference libraries of architects, conservators, and historians.” — Lance E. Metz, IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Architecture

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