Located at the top of a hill overlooking the Hudson River in Newburgh, New York, The Tower of Victory was originally constructed in 1887 to commemorate the Revolutionary War. Over the years the structure fell into disrepair and the original roof covering was lost. This presentation provides a case study into the ongoing restoration project, which encompasses restoration of the existing masonry tower and the installation of a new steel hip roof clad in tile, along with restoration of the observation platform to replace the original roof structure. The primary goal of the design was for the restoration to keep with the original design, materials, and aesthetic.
Utilizing the various 2D and 3D design and modeling software available to engineers today, a replacement roof structure has been designed to accommodate the complicated site conditions, such as the high wind forces imposed on the structure caused by the open terrain. The project required collaboration across the design team to accomplish the project's goals. The structural engineering team coordinated specialized testing that was required to determine the performance criteria for the custom steel and clay tile roof system at the project. The testing required collaboration between the members of the design team, general contractor, materials suppliers, and specialty engineers to achieve a code-conforming design that mirrored the historic aesthetic.
Overall, the creative and collaborative design process allowed the historic tower to be brought back to life in a way that honored the original aesthetic and will provide an attraction for visitors for years to come.