Artifacts from our Schoolhouse Renovation

The renovation of 28 and 30 East 92nd Street hasn’t just transformed Nightingale’s schoolhouse–it also left the school with a trove of interesting artifacts. Browse the images below to learn about these objects, as well as interesting facts about the project. You can view all of these items and more by visiting the lobby display case at the schoolhouse.


These vintage soda and mineral water bottles were found under what is now the planted terrace outside the offices of the head of school and associate head of school. They were buried about five feet underground in the southwest corner of the terrace (under the Student Center picture window). Known as blob tops, these bottles had to be made of relatively thick glass in order to withstand the carbonation of the soda water. Soda water bottles were usually reused and were marked as the property of the soda bottler. One of these bottles reads “Albert Ahrens. 42 East 92st Street. This bottle is never sold.”


This is a piece of the original brownstone used to create the façade of the townhouses at 28 and 30 East 92nd Street. During construction, it was discovered that 90% of the brownstone had been cut against the grain when it was originally installed. This allows water to enter between the brownstone layers and cause cracking during freezing and thawing cycles. The current façade is almost entirely made from an artificial stone, manufactured to look like the original. It contains 30% mica in order to match the look of the pieces you see here. There are seven sections of the current façade that are still the original brownstone.


All of the artifacts collected here were made of hand-forged iron. These include nails, pipe hangers, and other construction equipment. The current construction project used over 80,000 lbs. of steel, which required eight crane picks. A section of one column–two stories tall and weighing 18,000 lbs.–can be seen exposed in the associate head of school’s office.


Above is one of the models of the renovated townhouses, created by the school's architectural firm, BRB Architects.