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Building Conservation Associates

United States Military Academy

Location: West Point, New York
Year Built: 1910, 1914, 1898, 1929, 1921-23
Original Architect: Cram, Goodhue, & Furgeson, Arnold W. Brunner

The United States Military Academy was established by an Act of Congress on March 16, 1802 and was formally opened on the following Fourth of July. In existence continuously since that date, the Academy at West Point, New York, has trained the officers who in peace and war have developed and commanded the Regular Army of the United States. Military interest in West Point dates from the early years of the War of Independence and troops have been stationed there since January 1778, making it the oldest permanently occupied military post in the country.

Since 1995, BCA has served as the restoration and preservation consultant for a variety of restoration and building upgrade projects at the United States Military Academy at West Point, including the rehabilitation of Arvin Gymnasium (1910), Bartlett Hall (1914), Cullum Hall (1898), Lake Frederick House (1929) and Thayer Hall (1909), designed by Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson. Currently, BCA is involved in the restoration of Mologne Hall, originally constructed between 1921-23 to the design of architect Arnold W. Brunner as the garrison’s New Cadet Hospital and expanded on multiple occasions between 1934 and 1983. BCA is also involved in the whole-building renovation of Washington Hall, an approximately 271,000 SF building that houses the Cadet Mess, Kitchen and academic classrooms and offices.

BCA provided:

  • Historic preservation planning and conservation consulting services, including review and comment on the architect’s design concepts and consultation assistance with required regulatory reviews by the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
  • Extensive archival research and development of a building history, alterations chronology, significance study, and preservation approach to inform the design process.
  • Existing conditions assessments of historic materials, including masonry, wood, concrete, and interior historic architectural elements and finishes.
  • Extensive laboratory and field-testing services, including mortar analysis, investigative probes, cleaning tests, and paint analysis.