VOELKER-ORTH HOUSE MUSEUM RESTORATION  
Flushing, New York  

This 1890’s home was bequeathed by its owner to a foundation, to oversee its conversion to a museum and cultural center.  The Victorian structure had undergone many changes since its construction more than 100 years ago.  Graf & Lewent was retained to restore and enhance the house as a showcase of Victorian period design, and to provide facilities for exhibitions and small performances.

Graf & Lewent researched historic photographs and early drawings of the building, and had key areas of the exterior removed, to help reconstruct the original design of the house. 

The period shingle pattern was maintained and restored.  Historical details such as the “Widow’s Watch” railings and stained glass panels were reconstructed.  At the interior, cabinetwork and decorative details were developed to meet the new functional requirements while maintaining the spirit of the original design.  Lighting and air-conditioning were of all-new design to be effective yet unobtrusive.  Handicapped access was also provided.

 

OTHER EDUCATION PROJECTS:

NYU MUSIC CLASS ROOMSOFFICE & CLASS ROOM RENOVATION

ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

AVIATION HIGH SCHOOLCVS STUDENT LOUNGE

NYU POLITICS DEPARTMENTVAUGHN MASTER PLAN

VOELKER ORTH MUSEUM

LABORATORIES:

CENTER FOR EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL SCIENCEECONOMICS COMPUTER LABORATORY

MOLECULAR RESEACH LABORATORYST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY, LAB RENOVATION

PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT LABORATORIESM.E.G. LABORATORY