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March 9, 2017

Harry Kendall honored in TriBeCa

ChurchStGala_post_revThe Church Street School for Music and Art honored BKSK co-founder Harry Kendall for his and BKSK’s many contributions to the Tribeca community during their annual benefit, The Event, on March 8th at the Tribeca Rooftop. A long-time resident of the neighborhood, Harry moved to Tribeca in 1983 and founded BKSK in 1985. In many ways, Harry, the firm, and the neighborhood grew up together. Though he is known for his thoughtful work in historic districts throughout New York City, BKSK’s proving ground was in his own neighborhood.  Read more

September 18, 2015

CLOG : LANDMARK features insights from Harry Kendall


The way that we protect and celebrate built history is a complex and important topic, and one that is explored in-depth in the latest issue of CLOG, LANDMARK. This is an especially timely publication for New Yorkers, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York City’s pioneering Landmarks Law and simultaneously experience a very active period of development, in contrast to recent history. And as our neighborhoods continue to evolve, the landmarking process continues to spur dynamic, even divisive, discussion.

In CLOG’s words, “we must continually decide what is worth keeping. A significant percentage of buildings today—particularly in Western nations—are preserved through imposed guidelines. While there are myriad reasons why a building or site may warrant preservation, being deemed a landmark is one of the most powerful and complicated.”

LANDMARK includes a variety of essays representing a diversity of perspectives on the topic, including that of Harry Kendall. Order your copy of LANDMARK today to read his insights, among others. To speak with Harry about the potential of preservation advocacy to be both ambitious and progressive, or other topics in which he is an expert, please email bkskinfo@bksk.com.

August 4, 2015

Julie Nelson and Harry Kendall to speak on housing


At the August  meeting of AIANY’s Housing Committee, Julie Nelson and Harry Kendall will share some of BKSK’s latest housing work and offer their insights into the New York housing market. James McCullar Architecture, Handel Architects, Terrain NYC, and Cook + Fox will also present at the event, which will be held from 6-8pm on August 12th at the Knoll Showroom at 1330 6th Avenue.

All are welcome to attend this ”casual summer evening of presentations,” which includes appetizers and beverages courtesy of Knoll. RSVP’s are not required. For additional information about the event or the committee, please contact Committee Co-Chairs Fernando Villa at  fvilla@maparchitects.com and Peter Bafitis at PBafitis@rktb.com.

To invite Julie or Harry to share their expertise at an upcoming event, please email bkskinfo@bksk.com.

April 10, 2015

Grafting a vertical expansion onto a Landmark infamous for graft

A rendered view of BKSK's proposed transformation of Tammany Hall, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 2015.

A rendered view of BKSK’s proposed transformation of Tammany Hall, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 2015.

The unassuming hipped roof of the former Tammany Hall headquarters on Union Square will soon turn to glass and grow taller with an unconventional shell-like dome, as approved recently—unanimously—by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. BKSK conceived this expansion to be deeply respectful, and expect it to be applauded by many as both reverent and intriguing. As a preservation approach, it is designed to yield unexpected insight about the building’s hidden history. We acknowledge that some members of the preservation community have reservations about the changes proposed and we are keeping the dialogue with them open. That the Commission approved an addition as visible as this to an individual Landmark is special and rare. Read more