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Parkchester Subway Station, The Bronx

As part of an ongoing programme of regeneration of public works, Shaws Architectural Terra Cotta took up the challenge of restoring a historical subway station on New York’s IRT Pelham Line.

Originally completed in 1920, the busy station had been in use for several decades and required significant specialist repair work to return it to its former condition. This elevated express station on the New York City Subway network, Parkchester features buttresses that support the structure above street level. These were covered by decorative terra cotta panels and inset mosaic style tiles, many of which required sensitive replacement.

Working on behalf of New York’s Metropolitan Transport Authority, Shaws’ professional team worked tirelessly to colour match well over 3000 replacement tiles to the original damaged or missing ones. This large-scale, intricate task drew on the expertise of Shaws’ terra cotta specialists who were tasked with formulating 11 individual colours of glaze, to match the variances in shade and hue between the original terra cotta sections. Having created and installed terra cotta elements in over 40 distinct shapes and dimensions, Shaws’ on-site team also incorporated a number of bespoke finishing touches to ensure the refurbished sections retained a truly authentic appearance.

As just one of many recently completed architectural terra cotta restoration developments completed by Shaws in the New York area, Parkchester Subway is another example of a sensitively handled, expertly delivered project.

For more details or to discuss a Terra Cotta project, please contact us.

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