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March 15, 2017

S is for Stewardship

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The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) announced the winners of the 2017 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition, and BKSK Partner Emeritus Stephen Byrns received the Stewardship Award for his dedication to and restoration of Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY. In 2011, Stephen founded the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, of which he became full-time President in 2016. The restoration of this former 1920s private garden of great beauty and historical significance, once called “America’s Most Spectacular Garden,” has indeed been a labor of love, and has breathed new life into this public park. We are delighted  – though not at all surprised – that Stephen has received this honor, and extend our heartfelt congratulations!

Read more about the Arthur Ross Award winners here.

March 7, 2016

Partner Stephen Byrns’ Next Chapter

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September 9, 2015

Proposed design for Polhemus Memorial approved by LPC

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Our proposed renovations to the Polhemus Memorial clinic have been unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission! Constructed in 1896-1897, the Beaux-Arts building is located in the Cobble Hill Historic District Extension. The building first served as the home of a hybrid hospital and medical school, founded by Caroline Herriman Polhemus in honor of her late husband. At the time, it was considered a towering medical facility because of the building’s unique 8-story height.

BKSK will be leading the transformation of the brick and limestone building into a 17-unit residential project, whose program differs significantly from the patient rooms, surgical facilities, labs, and auditoriums currently found within. Other major design work for this project will include the relocation of the building core to allow for improved residential layouts and views, the lowering of the top floor’s 6′ high window sills, and the removal of a third-floor pedestrian bridge that currently connects Polhemus Memorial to another building across Amity Street. The latter will include the restoration of original building detail from before the mid-20th century construction of the bridge.

Congratulations to the team!

July 31, 2015

Making news by making place in two New York parks and beyond

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Summer Solstice Sunset Soirée.

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Summer Solstice Sunset Soirée.

Earlier this summer, BKSK gathered with friends and fellow landscape enthusiasts to honor Stephen Byrns, the recipient of this year’s Place Maker Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. FLS is dedicated to fostering an active understanding of the importance of place in people’s lives, a notion that BKSK fully embraces. Read more

April 16, 2015

Stephen Byrns to be awarded the Place Maker Award

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On May 13, 2015, the Foundation for Landscape Studies will host their annual Spring Benefit Luncheon, at which point they will present Stephen Byrns with their prestigious Place Maker Award.

Among Stephen’s many contributions to the creation and preservation of place is his leadership in restoring Untermyer Gardens, a landscape that was once hailed in the press as “America’s Most Spectacular Garden.” Since founding the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in 2010, Stephen has been working with a team that includes horticultural advisor Marco Polo Stufano and head gardener Timothy Tilghman to restore the Gardens.

Learn more about the fascinating history of Untermyer Gardens by visiting the conservancy’s website, and get a sense for the landscape by looking through our photo album on Facebook.