Mount Morris Park Fire Watch Tower in Harlem.

Mount Morris Park Fire Watchtower



Thornton Tomasetti completed field documentation, investigation, and construction documents for the restoration of this designated landmark and has been retained for construction administration services when the tower is re-erected. The tower was constructed in East Harlem in the 1850s on a large granite outcrop and is the last remaining watchtower of its kind in New York City.

Thornton Tomasetti’s restoration design included an overall structural assessment, historical documentation, paint coating analysis, and a finite element analysis of the entire cast iron structure. Original cast iron elements which were too deteriorated to be reused will be replicated in new cast iron. The salvaged pieces from the corroded vertical wrought iron baluster railing system will be coupled with replacement elements. Additional designs were added in 2014 for extending the roof to the pre-WPA alteration, redesigning the plaza / footprint connection, adding historically sensitive security fencing incorporated into the structure and automating the bell.

Thornton Tomasetti’s multidisciplinary team of architects and structural engineers worked together through overlapping stages (dismantling and schematic design) to keep the project on time through a demanding multi-layered schedule.

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