Project Description

DRPILLA provided structural engineering design for the comprehensive gut renovation to this two-story Brooklyn carriage house built in the 1860’s. To preserve the original character of its surroundings, the original masonry façade was preserved and restored. The new structural core was constructed using shallow steel wide flange beams and columns extending from the foundations to the new roof.

John Hathaway Architect
Brooklyn, NY
Structural Engineering

Making a Historic Space Feel Brand New

DRPILLA provided extensive shoring design and building design to reuse portions of building. Our design focused on preserving as much of the open space as possible. A new steel structure, excavation of the cellar and a new rooftop addition define the space. The rooftop addition was significant in that it was the first approved for a carriage house by landmarks in this historic district. The project benefited the existing surroundings by reducing disturbance at grade during construction, used less structural material than building new – even when bolstering of the structural system was required, and fundamentally addressed conservation by working with and improving upon existing conditions by extending the life of the building.