New additions at St. Patrick's Cathedral: In the Memorial Garden, St. Francis of Assisi watches over a new fountain with a center stone blessed by the Pope in 2008. The full-size glass doors were added so visitors may look into the cathedral without affecting the interior temperatures. Click thru for slideshow.
Mary Burnham, AIA is one of the featured designers in the current exhibition, Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House. This design exhibition, presented by The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with the New York chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY) unites 21 visionary architects and landscape architects to address one of the great mysteries at Olana: the summer house.
NY Times, "Super White of White Dove? Restoring St. Paul's Colonial Color," August 1, 2016, David DunlapView
On Thursday March 3rd, the Municipal Arts Society held their annual MASterworks awards ceremony at Tishman Speyer. Among the recipients was the St. Patrick's Cathedral restoration project.View
Both PS 330 and St. Patrick's Cathdral are featured at the Center for Architecture's exhibit New York, New Design which is up until May 28th.View
We are pleased to announce that Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects has won two 2016 AIANY Merit Awards for Architecture, one for PS330 in Queens and the other for the St. Patrick's Cathedral Restoration.View
Murphy Burnham & Buttrick's restoration project at St. Patrick's Cathedral is a recipient of a 2016 Institute Honor Award for Architecture.View
The Ruin Blog, "James Renwick’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral: A Restoration," October 15, 2015View
A Gift to New York, in Time for the Pope.View
Treasures of New York featuring St. Patrick's Cathedral aired last night on PBS.View
MBB chartered the Yacht Manhattan for an AIANY Architecture Boat Tour.
Before and after images showing the restoration of a stained glass window at St. Patrick’s Cathedral depicting a devil.
An Adolph Gottlieb stained glass window from the Park Avenue Synagogue project that is currently being reviewed in our office.
Newsday, "Most St. Patrick's renovations to be complete before Pope Francis's NYC visit", June 9, 2015, Bart JonesView
On February 3, 2015, we presented "A Higher Calling: Innovation and New Technologies on the St Patrick’s Cathedral Conservation Project" at the AIA NY Center for ArchitectureView
A child in Malawi carries a classroom bench designed by MBB for Sub-Saharan schools through UNICEF
Vimeo, "How Do They Do It" 2 July 2014, Archdicese of New YorkView
Prototypes for the UNICEF school furniture project. The top desk was manufactured in New Jersey, the two bottom desks, painted green and orange, were manufactured in Malawi, Africa.
100 feet in the air, scaffolding is being dismantled of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, exposing areas of completed masonry and stained glass work
Dining Hall at St. Hilda’s St. Hugh’s school
Construction continues at Rodeph Sholom School
Beautiful view of the organ loft at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Latest view of the beautiful PS 330
Rooftop photo shoot at Public School 41 which is located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York City
On-site testing of exterior siding for a Bridgehampton residence currently in a CD stage. (L-R) Afrormosia Sealed, Afrormosia Unsealed, Ipe Sealed, Ipe Unsealed, Mahogany Sealed, Mahogany Unsealed, Yellow Cedar Sealed, Yellow Cedar Unsealed
Rolando Kraeher visits Tennessee Marble Company manufacturing facility in Friendsville, TN which will be providing marble flooring for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
Office outing at the Yankees’ Stadium.
Terence Gower’s public art installation uses shapes, color, light, and shadows to animate a double height reading area in the library space at PS 330 -Giang Le, Designer at MBB
Clay poultice is used to draw copper staining out of the stone in the St. Patrick’s Cathedral restoration project. The clay is mixed with chemicals, applied to the stone, and allowed to dry. As the clay dries, the chemicals pull copper stains out of the stone (as seen on the left of this photo). Once the clay is dry, it is washed away, leaving a cleaner, whiter marble surface. -Sarah Rosenblatt, Preservationist at MBB
Jeffrey traveled to Malawi recently to oversee the UNICEF prototyping process. He met with the fabricators and visited the schools that will be using the furniture that our office designed.
Newly installed playground equipment gets lots of use at PS330 in Queens.
Daylight streams through the clerestory windows at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This window was installed in 1954 by Charles Connick of Boston.
Scaffolding continues to come down on St. Patrick’s Cathedral as masonry and stained glass work is completed.
Last week, we had the photographer Matthew Williams in to shoot updated photos of our office and staff members.View
3-D scan of the tower at St. Paul’s Chapel in Downtown Manhattan.
After stained glass panels at St. Patrick’s Cathedral are returned from the studio for repairs, they are re-inspected on a light table on site before being reinstalled in the windows. As this detail photo shows, new replacement pieces of glass are signed by the artist.
We developed our prototype for the UNICEF classroom furniture project and let the students at St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School in New York try it out and give us their feedback.
Images from St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh School are currently on display in the West 4th subway station.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday, the newly restored bronze doors were reinstalled at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The restoration of the 9,200 pound doors took three months and involved removing seven layers of paint and recreating the original patina with acid.
Last week, one of our team members traveled to Malawi and Rwanda to conduct field research for the UNICEF classroom furniture design project.
A stained glass panel from St. Patrick’s Cathedral is examined on a light table in order to identify necessary repairs.
View of PS 287 from Northern Boulevard – precast panel installation complete, brick masonry in progress, window installation begins.
This Saw-Whet Owl has made a new home in the St. Patrick’s scaffolding, keeping the team entertained for the past four months. Owls appear in the original imagery in the cathedral: they are depicted in the trusses on the ceiling of the nave.
MBB’s office was closed for a week during and after Hurricane Sandy. The devastation along the coast brought us to revisit the issue of emergency housing in the aftermath of such a storm. When Katrina hit New Orleans the City of New York’s Office of Emergency Management sponsored a competition entitled “What if NYC…”. Our winning entry envisioned Community Provisional Residences (CPR) which is temporary housing in a box that can be individually deployed or stacked in a multi-family configuration. The CPR unit is designed to be assembled by two people in six hours and can be disassembled and redeployed to new disaster locations.
The installation of the steel framing at PS 287 in Queens.
The groundbreaking ceremony for PS 287Q, a new elementary school in Queens.
eOculus, "Welcome Center Tells a Story"View
The New York Times, "Medical Offices Provide Reliable Growth in a Shaky Economy"View
The Architect's Newspaper, "NYU in UAE, AOK?" October 15, 2008, AGB.View
2008 Winner of the - What If New York City... Design CompetitionView
News Release. "Blesso Properties Sells-Out West Village Townhouses at Record Prices." July 22, 2008.View
News Release. "New Convergence Newshub Teaches Journalism Students The Future of Media." March 14, 2008.View
2006 Grand Award - Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards and Recognition Bronx Row Houses 2006 Merit Award - American Institute of Architects New York State Bronx Row Houses 2005 Housing Design Award - American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Bronx Row Houses
MBB is delighted to be included on this year’s Luxe Gold List, a yearly list of the best architects, interior designers and landscape architects from around the country.View
New York Times, "Dreaming Up a Summer Idyll for Frederic Edwin Church," July 29, 2016, Ted Loos.View
The Huffington Post, "28 Sacred Spaces That Capture The Stunning Beauty Of Religious Architecture," December 12, 2016, Antonia BlumbergView
Arch Daily, "Faith & Form's 2016 Religious Architecture Awards Recognize 28 Projects from Around the Globe," Rory Stott, 6 December 2016.View
MBB's Brooklyn Townhouse is a finalist in Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year Awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, December 1st at an awards ceremony held that evening at the IAC Building in Manhattan.View
MBB's Upper East Side duplex is featured in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine's November/ December 2016 issue.View
Partner, Jeffrey Murphy introduced Dean Mohsen Mostafavi at the Harvard Graduate School of Design who spoke to alumni about his vision for the school. October 1, 2016
St. Patrick's Cathedral is a recipient of a 2016 Faith & Form/IFRAA Award and will be featured in the 2016 Annual Awards issue of Faith & Form Magazine in December.
Architect, "St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects," AIA Awards IssueView
Architectural Digest, "12 New York City Landmarks That Won Awards: The New York Landmarks Conservancy recently named the year’s best restoration projects," May 24, 2016, Geoffrey MontesView
Primary School 330 has been awarded a 2016 Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards Excellence Award in the Institutional category.
Jose Miranda wil be presenting PS 330 as part of the AIANY Interiors Committee Speed Presentation, Edition 7: Consider Light on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6pm. The event will be held at the Steelcase Showroom at 4 Columbus Circle.View
UNICEF Classroom Furniture has been selected as a Finalist for the Plus Category Concepts: Architecture +Humanitarianism category and St. Patrick's Cathedral has been selected as a Special Mention for the Plus Category Concepts: Architecture +Preservation in the Architizer A+ Awards.View
St. Patrick's Cathedral has won the Municipal Art Society of New York's 2016 Award for Best Restoration.View
We are pleased to announce that St. Patrick's Cathedral has won a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award.
The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for excellence in preservation. The coveted awards are named for Lucy G. Moses, a dedicated New Yorker whose generosity benefited the City for more than 50 years. The Awards have recognized over 250 individuals, organizations, and building owners for their extraordinary contributions to the City. The Conservancy is grateful for the generous support of the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, which makes the Awards possible. View