Nosy Neighbor: How Do These Metal Braces Work?

I know that the metal braces on the building next to 108 Chambers aren’t art—despite being reminiscent of “The Wall” by Forrest Myers in Soho—but the pattern is mesmerizing. How do they work? —T.

Once you start noticing the braces, you see them everywhere—such as on Park Place and Leonard…. I reached out to Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, based on Reade, to ask whether someone there might explain. Happily, Tom Baker, AIA, Technical Director, was game: “The photos represent lateral anchors that have been installed to hold the historic unreinforced masonry walls in place. Typically, contractors attached metal rods to the wood floor joists in the historic structure and then sleeve the rods through the masonry walls where they are attached to pieces of metal to anchor them. This is a modern version of the ‘stars’ one often sees on many historic buildings.” Such as the ones below on W. Broadway, Staple, and Washington; Baker sent the third image, which shows how the part we can’t see on a building, but I’m not sure where it came from. Speaking of the stars, you can buy them here, in case you want some for decoration.

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2 Comments

  1. braces R atleast (p)art.

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