American architect Lee Harris Pomeroy Died at 85

Lee Harris Pomeroy was born on November 19, 1932 and died in 2018.

He was an American architect and the founding principal of the firm Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects.

Lee was a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

His work includes design and planning for corporate, transportation and institutional facilities in the United States and Asia.

After working with New York City Transit over many years.

Pomeroy completed the restoration and modernization projects for a number of historic New York City Subway stations.

He has been involved in the conservation and modernization of many historic subway stations in New York City.

His work for New York City Transit includes projects for the New York, Westchester and Boston Railroad Administration Building at East 180th Street; Bleecker Street / Broadway – Lafayette Street; DeKalb Avenue; 14th Street – Union Square; 66th Street – Lincoln Center; the Fulton Center at Fulton Street; and Fifth Avenue / 53rd Street.

A few of these projects involved innovative collaborations with artists engaged in the agency’s Arts for Transit Program.

As a member of a project by the governments of India and West Bengal to update their connected rail lines, Pomeroy’s firm completed the design of six underground subway stations for the new Kolkata Metro Line 2.

In addition to the station design, the firm was responsible for developing land use plans in the station areas.

When he finsh, the new line will link suburban residential areas of Salt Lake and Howrah to the central business district.

The new metro will connect with major rail terminals in Howrah and Sealdah, as well as an existing North-South metro line.

Intermodal connections to ferries, buses, surface rail and taxis will be accessible to the line.

In 2015, the new line was to accommodate an estimated 480,000 passengers daily.

At the Fulton Street Pedestrian Mall, an eight block-long shopping street open only to pedestrians and public buses, in downtown Brooklyn, he was responsible for pedestrian and traffic surveys; transportation planning, urban design and coordination of engineering consultants along with extensive community and agency involvement.

He designed street furniture and equipment for the project including large, free-standing canopies, vendors’ kiosks, directory and telephone kiosks; and high mast lighting.

The graphics program, which he also designed for the project, consists of informational, directional and street signage.

The Mall had been in operation since the 1970s, but Pomeroy’s renovation was completed in 1984; it is now one of the most profitable, culturally diverse and lively public spaces in New York City.

The project was awarded an Albert S. Bard Award from the City Club of New York.

In the area of historic preservation, Pomeroy transformed long-empty spaces in a turn-of-the-century apartment house in a New York City landmark district into a multi-level penthouse apartment with sweeping views New York’s Central Park.

Pomeroy also designed a major renovation and extension to St. James’ Episcopal Church (New York City) at 71st Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

At the start of 2001, the church and parish house were completely rebuilt providing additional classrooms and meeting spaces, as well as a new atrium.

At Trinity Church in lower Manhattan, he was assigned to design the footbridge spanning Trinity Place and linking the historic church with its parish house.

He died at 85 years old.