Fifty Three Restorations, Inc. offers
the services of a staff of experienced craftsmen who
combine expert skills with a thoughtful approach to their work.
Our key personnel include:
Vincent Lepre is a contractor, carpenter & architectural
conservator with over 25 years experience in the field of historic
preservation. He is skilled in project development & management,
the assessment of building conditions, the restoration of existing
structures, materials analysis, & woodworking. His knowledge
of building technology is comprehensive, particularly in the
area of architectural woodworking. His experience ranges from
structural issues to decorative finishes.
Mr. Lepre began his career as a carpenter working in the family
business. He received a BA in American History from Drew University
in Madison, New Jersey in 1978. From 1979 to 1980, Mr. Lepre
was an apprentice at the National Trust for Historic Preservation
workshop in Tarrytown, New York. In that capacity, he was involved
in restoration work at many of the Trusts properties.
In 1980, Mr. Lepre enrolled in the Columbia University Graduate
School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation where he
earned an MS in Historic Preservation. While attending classes
at Columbia, Mr. Lepre worked as a carpenter with the Center
for Building Conservation. During his tenure there, he had the
opportunity to work on the Ward House at the South Street Seaport
and other historic properties in New York City. His responsibilities
included the documentation of existing conditions, the investigation
of building histories, as well as restoration of historic fabric.
Subsequent to completing course work at Columbia University,
Mr. Lepre accepted a contract to participate in the reconstruction
of the Frank Lloyd Wright Room in the American Wing of The Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York City. Under the direction of master
builder Ezra Mills, Mr. Lepre led a team of craftsmen that installed
the room, frame to finish. It is a permanent part of the museums
collection. Mr. Lepre was also a key participant in the reconstruction
of the Greek Revival and the Rococo Revival rooms, both of which
also remain part of the museums collection of period rooms.
Since 1984, Mr. Lepre has worked on many significant historic
properties in the New York Metropolitan area. As the owner of
Fifty Three Restorations, he has served as project manager,
contractor or sub-contractor, directing work in museums, churches,
synagogues and privates homes. The scope of these experiences
includes entire buildings as well as individual architectural
elements. Building facades, steeples, staircases, cornices,
doors, windows, and historic interiors are all the subject of
Guzman is an experienced carpenter & moldmaker with 18 years of experience in his chosen field. He is the general manager of Fifty Three Restorations and is responsible for the day to day organization & operation of the business. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Joseph also manages selected projects. Joseph’s project credits include the restoration of the Woolworth family Chapel in Woodlawn Cemetery & an extensive amount of work at the Frick Collection, which includes the restoration of the windows, doors and gallery features.