PS 158 Manhattan, also known as the Bayard Taylor School, is a 5-story (plus cellar) primary school located in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan.
Working with our long-time client, the New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA), we completed the $25.9 million restoration of Public School 158 to transform the century-old school’s masonry and exterior façade and reverse a trend of water-related deterioration. Years of patchwork repairs and deferred maintenance resulted in serious deterioration of the façade that had spread to interior finishes. We documented building-wide water penetration damage, and deterioration of the backup masonry and mortar that serve as the “skin” to protect the interior.
From the start, our goal was to restore this important community asset which has served generations of school children and make it resilient for generations to come. We took great pains to replicate and restore the building to its original Circa 1900 appearance. To protect the backup masonry, we applied a vapor barrier along with a narrow cavity drainage plane to create a protective barrier. We replaced a monumental projecting cornice that had previously been removed with a modern, Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete that restores the look and feel of the exterior and provides additional protection from the elements. All face brick was replaced with materials to replicate the original look and feel of the building exterior. Finally, we cleaned and repaired selected original stonework and replaced the roof.