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Building Conservation Associates

Century Club

Location: New York, NY
Original Architect: Stanford White
Year Built: 1889

The Century Association, located in Midtown Manhattan, was designed by Stanford White with the assistance of Joseph Wells and was built in 1891. The building serves as a clubhouse and meeting point for members of the Century Association, which includes New York’s most prominent families and several world-renowned artists. The building’s delicate façade is reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance consisting of a rusticated base, a central balcony, pilasters, and many other Italian-style flourishes. The Clubhouse was named a New York City Landmark in 1967 and was later added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building was renovated in the 1990s and a terrace was added to the 5th floor in 2009.

BCA was retained by The Century Association to perform a conditions assessment of the front façade. The focus of the investigation was on the terra cotta elements as well as brick and stone. Additionally, BCA reviewed on-site investigative probes of the central terra cotta ball finial at the parapet and a cornice bracket. To fully investigate water infiltration a plumbing inspection of the drainage leader at the cornice gutter was conducted. BCA enlisted Aaslestad Preservation Consulting to create a point cloud using photogrammetry for the basis of the creation of base drawings. An animation of the 3D point cloud is displayed in the video below.