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Building Conservation Associates

Orchard Beach Bath House

Location: Bronx, New York
Year Built: 1936
Original Architect: Aymar Embury

BCA is the historic preservation and materials conservation consultant for the repair and restoration of the Orchard Beach Pavilion at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY. Part of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Orchard Beach was proclaimed “The Riviera of New York” when it was created in the 1930s. The monumental red brick, concrete, and glazed terra cotta Pavilion was designed by Aymar Embury in the Moderne style according to Beaux-Arts planning principles. Ongoing deterioration, concrete failure in the marine environment, and significant flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy resulted in the need for a massive rehabilitation project to repair and restore the historic materials, add ADA access, upgrade electrical equipment, and provide MEP fit-outs for concessionaires.

BCA performed a range of historic preservation and architectural conservation services including: archival research, hands-on conditions assessment of the Pavilion, preservation design review of the proposed designs, and development of Schematic Design restoration treatment recommendations and technical documents. BCA is currently creating Design Development restoration documents and will complete Construction Documents, take part in the bid phase for the restoration scope, and provide Construction Administration services, including periodic site visits, submittal reviews, mockup reviews, shop visits, and attendance at project meetings.