Moynihan Train

Hall

Restoration

Moynihan Train Hall

New York, New York

The James A. Farley Post Office building is one of Manhattan’s iconic structures. It was completed in 1913 by the office of McKim, Mead & White, and is known for both its grand beaux-art architecture and perhaps most popularly, the engraving of a phrase by Greek scholar Herodotus: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.

In 2017, Femenella & Associates undertook a massive restoration project to help convert this classic building into one that can thrive in this 21st-century – a world-class transportation concourse known as Moynihan Train Hall (a Penn Station redevelopment). This project involved the restoration of over 500 historic wood windows and one penthouse level door. The windows are all unique, as they were made at a time before windows could be mass-produced and include double-hung and casement window assemblies.

The restoration process required detailed scrutiny of the windows. Once stripped of paint, Femenella worked with the project architects to determine the level to which frames, sash, and hardware could be salvaged. Wood elements were replaced with African sourced Spanish Cedar wood. Brass pulleys, lifts, and pole sockets underwent an extensive polishing process and if damaged or missing were custom cast to match. Additionally, all double hung windows operate with the original weight, chain, and pulley balance system. This required the windows to be precisely weighed and lead weights to be custom ordered, ensuring the windows stay perfectly balanced.

This exciting project is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2020.

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In 2010, the Museum of Eldridge Street commissioned a monumental stained glass window over the Bema. Femenella worked closely with Tom Garcia of The Gil Studio on

We’re here at @aptne_ annual meeting and symposium! This years topic is 2020 Vision: New Uses for Old Buildings. Femenella was a part of the restoration at the Park

Installation of the iso thermal window at St. Paul’s in Winston-Salem, NC! Great job team! 👏

Restored Tiffany window at Central Presbyterian in Summit, NJ. Thanks @serpentinostainedglass for your studio work!

Newly restored door panels at @caramoor. Caramoor is an arts and music center tucked away in Katonah, New York. This estate features an abundant collection of art

New window installations in progress at @yale for the Hall of Graduate Studies.

Restored bronze hardware, original to Moynihan station. These are pulleys and locks for the wood double hung windows. #restored #restoredhardware #hardwarerestoration

Restored wood windows for the new Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan. 🚊 They have been restored to be fully operational using a weight and chain system. This landmarked

Iso-thermal setting in progress for the windows of St. Paul’s in Winston-Salem. #isothermal #stainedglass #glassrestoration #restoration

A beautiful before and after of the chancel window at Central Presbyterian in Summit, NJ. Femenella restored the stained glass and wood frame along with installing

Yale University’s windows feature many unique medallions in their leaded glass windows. These medallions were originally the work of G. Owen Bonawit dating back

Before and after of a broken panel from the Charles Booth windows at Trinity Church Wall St.

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Femenella & Associates
10 County Line Road,
Suite 24
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 722-6526

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