Elise M. Quasebarth is a principal of Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, LLC. She is committed to the idea that a deep understanding of the specific built environment is essential to success in both building rehabilitation and new design within historic settings.
Ms. Quasebarth was educated at the University of Virginia, where she received a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Architectural History. Following consulting work in Washington, DC, Ms. Quasebarth came to New York City, for a position at the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The past twenty-five years of private consulting practice have included documentation and analysis of historic properties, project and design review, strategy development, and public testimony. She has extensive experience with the review requirements at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and in applying the Department of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation. Ms. Quasebarth has directed many of the firm’s projects including, investment tax credit rehabilitations (commercial, residential and affordable housing), historic structure reports, National Register nominations, preservation planning studies for institutions, compliance reviews, and NYC reviews for designation, preservation and new construction. Ms. Quasebarth has worked successfully with numerous development and institutional clients constructing new buildings in historic districts. Her rehabilitations include office towers and loft buildings, warehouses, factories, residential and institutional conversions, and hotels for private developers as well as not-for-profit developers who utilize both the low-income and historic tax credits.
Institutional clients include: New York University, Columbia University, Spence School, Brooklyn Poly Prep, and Stephen Gaynor School. Development clients include: Tamarkin Company, The Witkoff Group, The Marriott Corporation, Hamlin Ventures, Howard Hughes Corporation, and Anbau Enterprises.