Tag: Restoration and Renovation

Notre-Dame Construction Resumes in Paris, but Worries About Lead Remain

PARIS — Construction resumed at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, weeks after authorities had shut the site down over worries about lead contamination linked to the fire in April. The work restarted with stricter decontamination measures in place, but amid concerns that authorities still weren’t doing enough to contain the blaze’s toxic fallout. […]

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Where the Resistance Helped Plan the Liberation of Paris

The tunnel to the subterranean bunker that played a pivotal role in the liberation of Paris is long and narrow, each step down deceptively steep. It takes 100 of those steps to reach the former military command post where, for six days, members of the French Resistance helped orchestrate the city’s release from the Nazi […]

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If Only These Walls (and Bookcases) Could Talk

Transparency is one of the biggest trends in modern office design: open floor plans, fewer offices, glass walls and doors. And at a time when #MeToo has called attention to the sordid things that can happen behind closed doors, there may be some comfort in having everything, and everyone, within view. But a taste for […]

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The Raffles Singapore Embarks on a Modern Journey

In Singapore, in an intimate space full of vintage books and leather furnishings, millennials congregate after work. Some on dates, others with groups of friends, they are ready to flirt and mingle. The stylish crowd is international. Some come from across the world. Others, a taxi ride away. But this isn’t a trendy new bar […]

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From Former Mental Hospital to Recreational Hub

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Lunatic Asylum admitted its first patient in 1828. Ever since, its impressive brick wards surrounded by nearly 200 acres of leafy lawns and gardens served as landmarks in Columbia, the state’s capital. Almost 200 years later, and three decades after the last patient was discharged, the old brick buildings […]

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Who Mows the Lawn at Storm King, New York’s Largest Sculpture Park?

SURFACING It takes a crew of eight to maintain the 500 acres at Storm King Art Center, where art lives in the landscape. ImageMaya Lin’s “Storm King Wavefield,” (2007-08) gets a haircut.CreditThomas Prior for The New York Times Joel Longinott and Robert Finch dig a hole for a new installation. Mark di Suvero’s “Figolu” (2005-11) […]

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‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas

NEWPORT, R.I. — The Point, a waterfront neighborhood here, is one of the largest, best preserved and most important Colonial-era communities in the United States. Its grid of 18th-century streets contains scores of houses built before the American Revolution, and dozens more that are almost as old. “It’s incredible to walk around a neighborhood like […]

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NASA Reopens Apollo Mission Control Room That Once Landed Men on Moon

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] HOUSTON — After Gene Kranz retired in the 1990s, he started to give occasional tours to VIPs at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It was there in the Apollo Mission Control Center that […]

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A Celebrity Tower Is ‘Getting Some Work Done’

Ever since the Flatiron Building was erected at the foot of Madison Square Park in Manhattan in 1902, it has brimmed with tenants, most of which were small businesses. Songwriters tickled piano keys for sheet-music publishers. Dentists buzzed their drills. At one company, milliners made fezzes for the Masons. Things began to change after 1959, […]

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Rebirth of a Parisian Legend

ImageThe Parisian restaurant Lapérouse recently was renovated. It is known for its private dining rooms like this one, named the Salon Astrolabe.CreditRoberto Frankenberg for The New York Times PARIS — “This has always been a house of pleasures — of gastronomy, of the flesh, of drinking, smoking and seduction, of conversation, literature and the arts,” […]

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New York’s Tribute to the ‘Tombs Angel’: Lost, Found, Now Restored

No less a critic than Charles Dickens was appalled by the way New York in the 19th century housed its prisoners in the dank, overcrowded and smelly precincts of “the Tombs,” the city jail in lower Manhattan. “Such indecent and disgusting dungeons as these cells, would bring disgrace upon the most despotic empire in the […]

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How a 19th-Century Workman’s Cottage Became a Family Home

For most couples, attempting a gut renovation of a historic home in a matter of months — while expecting twins — is a surefire recipe for disaster. But for Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, the husband-and-wife co-founders of the Brooklyn-based design firm Workstead, the recent revamp of an 1850s residence in upstate New York not […]

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Last Call: MoMA’s Closing, and Changing

The Museum of Modern Art is slouching toward a shutdown starting June 15, in order to complete its latest expansion — which is really an attempt to fix the last one. With the museum on the brink of change, the art and architecture critics of The New York Times took the occasion to revisit favorite […]

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A Tibetan Collection Fights a Battle That Small Museums Often Face

Jacques Marchais, an art dealer and collector, never traveled to Asia, but the artifacts she gathered from Tibet, as well as from Nepal, Mongolia and northern China, became the passion of her life. Her dream to display this collection to the public was realized in 1947 when, just a few months before her death, the […]

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‘Ship of Horror’: Discovery of the Last Slave Ship to America Brings New Hope to an Old Community

MOBILE, Ala. — Like nearly everyone who grew up in Africatown, Felice Harris had heard the origin story of her little Alabama neighborhood, passed around from relative to relative and house to house. It was the story of a group of West Africans carried to Alabama on the last slave ship to reach the United […]

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