Over the years, PKSB has developed a unique perspective on preservation in New York City and beyond. Sherida Paulsen, principal at PKSB, is former president and current secretary of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has served as chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. As an architect, civil servant and leader, she has helped to enhance the quality of the civic realm in New York. Beyond simply historic restoration, Ms. Paulsen emphasizes that “preservation can be a catalyst for future buildings of landmark quality.” In PKSB’s preservation work, past and present come together in a dialogue about the future. Within this framework, the firm has carefully honed a unique ability to blend the new with the old.
In the twenty-first century, the notion of architectural preservation is evolving. PKSB was one of the first firms to approach the challenge of preserving a Modernist building that in its original conception abandoned the conventions of the past. The Seagram Building, completed in 1958, is the only building in New York designed by Mies van der Rohe. PKSB has served as its curator and architect-in-residence, maintaining the integrity of the iconic exterior as well as the building’s interior spaces. The firm’s exceptional work maintaining the Seagram Building has contributed to the safeguarding of many other twentieth century architectural masterpieces.
Extensive restoration at the Puck Building, one of New York’s most prized individual landmarks, allowed for a significant two story rooftop addition designed by PKSB with Interior Architect, Jose L. Ramirez. The mix of restoration and new construction has breathed new life into a 130-year old structure and has transformed a largely vacant former warehouse into a bustling multi-use complex.