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Reggie Young is a conservation consultant and project manager who specializes in green historic preservation and restoration.  He has devoted his time and energy to teaching, researching, and incorporating green technology and sustainable materials into every possible aspect of his projects, and making this information available to encourage others to do the same.  In 2000, he launched a restoration company devoted to dovetailing historic materials and processes with an acute attention to energy efficient design in all his restoration projects. Reggie continues to travel and study his particular interest and increase his expertise in historic lime mortar, as well as other aspects of restoration techniques. He is trained and certified in brownstone restoration and lime mortar technology, and continues training in related fields of study.

In 2006, Reggie and Nora Johnson purchased Howard Hall Farm, a 1780s stone manor in the heart of the Hudson River Valley.  The site, an ongoing historic restoration project, has been used as a learning laboratory for educating the community in the utilization of environmentally conscious restoration techniques.   Reggie and Nora have brought in experts from across the country to train local homeowners and restoration professionals in new and innovative green restoration techniques. 

Reggie continues to be inspired by the team of talented and amazing technicians and craft persons that he has been working with over the last ten years. The preservation of historic fabric and blending of new technologies is the focus of the work the company is involved in.  Reggie currently divides his time between Brooklyn and upstate New York, where he continues to take on environmentally conscious projects that allow him to train and create jobs for green collar workers, and educate the community in new ways to live, build, and restore green.

Prior to his career in restoration, Reggie lived in New York City where he was a restaurant designer, builder, and operator, and owned several food-related businesses.  In 1990, Reggie was one of the founders of an innovative program called "Fresh Start", a program affiliated with the Riker's Island Correctional Facility.  The program was developed to keep ex-inmates off the streets and out of prison. Reggie also assisted in the founding of the James Beard Foundation by running all the events there in its first year of operation and eventually staffing the house with a service team. For many years Reggie taught a service and management program at the Peter Kump New York Cooking School, now The Institute for Culinary Education in New York City. Reggie has owned and operated restaurants in New York City and Litchfield County, CT.


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About Brooklyn Lime Works

Committed to honoring historic preservation concerns while embracing cutting edge green building practices, Lime Works Studio provides comprehensive construction and project management services from initial architectural concepts and engineering to interior finishes and landscaping. Our design philosophy strives to incorporate the newest energy technologies, like green and sustainable building materials and finishes, along with traditional materials and practices such as lime mortar and plaster, and recycled architectural salvage.

Brooklyn Lime Works specializes in historic mortar and plasters. A large part of our work is mortar analysis and making matching mortars for our restoration projects. Our highly skilled team of mortar workers is trained to work with these materials and understands the historic fabric on which they work. We are passionate about this trade and the technologies related to this particular craft. Brownstone restoration is most often misunderstood, and the vast use of portland cement in brownstown repair is one of our missions to minimize, instead using materials that are soft and compatible with the brownstone fabric being repaired. 

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