High School Students to Preserve Architectural Treasure


What: High School students will work to restore a monument designed by the renowned architect Stanford White and sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens. Architectural experts from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, will guide the students.

Why: NJIT has been working with the New York City Board of Education to create a model curriculum for preserving old statues and monuments. The students working on this project are from the Brooklyn High School of the Arts, which opened two years ago. They are doing the preservation work as part of an internship, during which they will also study the history of the cemetery, the people who built it and the people who are buried in Green-Wood --Leonard Bernstein, FAO Schwartz, Jean Michel Basquiat, Horace Greely and Eubie Blake.

Who: Kate Burns Ottavino, Director of NJIT’s Center for Architecture and Building Science Research, will be at the cemetery to discuss the restoration.

When: The students will work on the David Stewart Monument on Friday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: The Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Brooklyn.



NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,800 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.

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