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Architect killed by debris from ‘dangerous’ building

AN ARCHITECT was struck on the head and killed by masonry from a New York building that had been cited for damaged brickwork.

Erica Tishman (pictured), 60, a founding partner of DeWitt Tishman Architects LLP, was killed by debris from 729 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. The 17-storey building near Times Square was constructed in 1915 but cited in October last year for ‘a failure to maintain exterior building facade’.

Inspectors warned damaged terra cotta above the 15th floor ‘posed a falling hazard for pedestrians’. Nothing appears to have been done before Tuesday’s accident. Coverings were put in place after Ms Tishman’s death.

Inquiry: The site of Ms Tishman’s death

The Department of Buildings said: ‘No pedestrian should be at risk from dangerous facade conditions.’

New York mayor Bill de Blasio has promised an inquiry.

Building owner Himmel + Meringoff said: ‘We are saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family.’