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With degrees in both Architecture (B. Arch.) and Historic Preservation (M.Sc.), Joseph Pell Lombardi established his firm in 1969 as one of the first to specialize in restoration, preservation, adaptive re-use and contextual new buildings. With offices in New York, France and Hungary, the Office of Joseph Pell Lombardi has served as architect for over 500 projects worldwide. His practice ranges from preservation projects, as in the conservation of a 12th century château in Andelat, France to large-scale adaptive re-use projects such as Liberty Tower, an early 20th century 33-story Financial District Gothic skyscraper converted to residential use. 

As both architect and principal, Mr. Lombardi's 1978 conversion of Liberty Tower introduced residential use to lower Manhattan. He has conserved and converted to residential use over 200 commercial buildings in Manhattan and has conserved and restored over 50 houses throughout the world. Current projects include a Midtown Manhattan tower and nine commercial buildings in SoHo, NoHo and the Lower East Side being converted to residential use and the creation of a new contextual residential tower on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Mr. Lombardi owns many of the projects in which he is involved.  He is the owner of the National Historic Landmark, Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House, the only Roman temple form, domed octagonal house and the first property to have been sold into private ownership by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He also owns and is conserving several other major historic homes including Château du Sailhant, an early medieval Château-fort in the Auvergne region of central France.

Joseph Pell Lombardi served on the Venice Committee of the World Monuments Fund and was Chairman of the World Monuments Fund Founders Society.  He has served on many boards including the New York City Historic House Trust, the New York City Historic Districts Council, the National Trust for Historic Preservation - Lyndhurst Advisory Council and the Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee for the Alliance for Downtown Manhattan. He is a member of Scenic Hudson and the Society of Architectural Historians.

Joseph Pell Lombardi received the Victorian Society in America Preservation Award in 1990, the Preservation League of New York State Achievement Award in 1991, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Certificate of Merit in 1993, the City of New York, Department of General Services Professional Service Award in 1993 and the Municipal Art Society of New York Preservation Award in 1995. Numerous articles have been published about his work.

Containing architects, preservationists, architectural historians and construction specialists, the Office of  Joseph Pell Lombardi, Architect guides restoration, preservation, adaptive re-use and contextual building projects from initial inception to completion, including economic feasibility studies, historic analyses, budget preparations, condition reports, forensic investigations, construction drawings, specifications and construction administration.

To obtain appropriate approvals and certifications, the Office of Joseph Pell Lombardi, Architect works with local, regional and governmental agencies thoughout the world including the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the New York City Department of City Planning, the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, the United States National Park Service, United States Offices for Historic Preservation (SHPO), The French Conservation Régionale des Monuments Historiques (CRMH) and the Hungarian National Board for the Protection of Historic Monuments (OMvH).




 

 

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