Project Description

Louise Nevelson’s Chapel of the Good Shepard is a unique, comprehensive sculptural environment currently undergoing restoration at Saint Peter’s Church.

With approval from the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, DRPILLA has been retained to provide on-call structural engineering design services for the phased restoration of the Louise Nevelson Chapel of the Good Shepherd located within the iconic St. Peter’s Church at Lexington and 54th Street. The Chapel, designed to provide an intimate and calming respite, is nestled at the base of the towering Citigroup Center skyscraper. The $5.7 million restoration comes at the helm of long-term damage since its 1977 completion.

Works-in-Progress Associates
New York, NY
Structural Engineering

Restoring Louise Nevelson’s Sanctuary of Stillness in Midtown

The four-phase process began with the stabilization of flaking paint and protecting areas most sensitive to HVAC damage. The restoration moved on to securing the sculptures in advance of the work, modernizing windows and the skylight, installation of properly directed ductwork and lighting, replacing the ceiling, and installing a dedicated HVAC / humidification unit outside the Chapel isolation zone. Our services include the design of all structural modifications and new structural elements and systems for the replacement of the Chapel’s skylight and window, as well as supports for mechanical equipment.