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Joseph Pell Lombardi


With degrees in both Architecture (B. Arch.) and Historic Preservation (M.Sc.), Joseph Pell Lombardi established his firm 50 years ago 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 1,000 projects worldwide.


Lombard’s efforts range from preservation projects, as in the conservation of Château du Sailhant to large-scale adaptive re-use projects such as Liberty Tower, an early 20th century 33-story Gothic skyscraper in New York City’s Financial District converted to residential use. As both architect and principal, Mr. Lombardi’s 1978 conversion of Liberty Tower introduced residential use to lower Manhattan.


Lombardi has conserved and converted to residential use over 500 commercial buildings in Manhattan and has conserved and restored over 150 houses throughout the world. Current projects include conversion to residential use of a Midtown Manhattan tower, nine commercial buildings in SoHo and NoHo, Manhattan 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 in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, the only Roman temple form, domed octagonal house in the world and the first property to have been sold into private ownership by the United States National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition to Château du Sailhant, Lombardi also owns and continues to conserve several other major historic homes including Alfheim Lodge, a rustic, storybook lodge in the mountains north of New York City and the Parsonage in Peru, an 1850 Greek Revival home in Peru, Vermont.


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 the Society of Architectural Historians.


Joseph Pell Lombardi has received many awards including:


1990 Victorian Society in America Preservation Award;

1991 Preservation League of New York State Achievement Award;

1993 New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Certificate of Merit;

1993 City of New York, Department of General Services Professional Service Award;

1995 Municipal Art Society of New York Preservation Award.


Numerous articles have been published about his work and for many years he has given an annual lecture at Yale University’s School of Architecture.

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