We recently had the chance to work on this project, a custom fabricated limestone fireplace.
We recently flew out to Colorado to pick out blocks for our current project at the Knickerbocker Club in New York. In the gallery below, you can see pictures of Ralph Petrillo with the architectural team, the owner’s representative, the fabricator and the installer of the project. The Rocky Mountains are visible in the background.
The Lincoln Quarry is an underground quarry, which is unusual as most quarries are above ground. It is so named as it was the source for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
In our last post, we described some of the work we’d been contracted by Fordham University to complete. In addition to those carvings, we’ve been working on a new seal for the Lincoln Center Campus. You can find photos of this work in the gallery below. All artwork is owned by Fordham University.
Petrillo Stone was contracted to remove some beautiful art work out of the old Phoenix House in Mohegan Lake, New York.
There were 14 carved marble stations of the cross, 4 carved marble carvings of Ignatius Loyola depicting his life, marble carvings of Jesus and Mary, a bronze and wood sculpture of Jesus on the cross ( shown below ), as well as another marble carving of St. Ignatius Loyola.
We were contracted to do this work by Fordham University, who owns all the art work. In the above photo, Ralph Petrillo is pictured on the left with John Spaccarelli of Fordham University (middle ) and our friend who transported some of the art work to the shop. Before the building was Phoenix House, it was a Jesuit monastery built in 1954.
Below are pictures of a feature wall and side wall that we furnished and installed in the lobby at 90 Park Avenue. The stone is Travertine unfilled from Tivoli, right outside of Rome. This project is one of the reasons that Ralph Petrillo went to Italy numerous times this year. The material was purchased from Carlo Mariotti in Tivoli. Petrillo Stone Corp. drafted it, had it cut at Mariotti, and brought it over in a container. The stone was brought to our shop in Mount Vernon, laid out to make sure it was dry, and installed in the lobby.
The desk (seen behind Ralph Petrillo in photo) is hand-selected Agata Gray marble from Carrara, Italy, supplied to Petrillo Stone by Armando Santucci. The architect is Dan Shannon, whom Ralph traveled with to Italy many times in the past year for the selection process. The contractor is Tishman Construction and the building owner is Vornado.
We are very proud of this work and hope you enjoy the photo gallery shared below. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and take in the beauty of this hand-selected Italian stone in person.
You may have heard about the new September 11th Memorial constructed in the new Cos Cob Park overlooking Greenwich, CT’s Indian Harbor. Even if you weren’t aware of this beautiful new site, we encourage all to attend the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this Friday, September 11 at 9:00 am. You can find more information about the event and how to RSVP on the memorial’s Facebook page.
On that tragic day in 2001, 32 people with ties to Greenwich were killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers. Innocent lives were taken far too soon, and many were left to mourn those lives and miss them each day. This new memorial was resurrected in honor of those victims, with the goal of providing their families and communities a beautiful place to reflect and fondly remember their loved ones.
Honoring Local Heroes
The design, conceived by Charles Hilton Architects, features two glass towers etched with transparent American flags. In each stripe of the flag is the name of a local victim. The 12′ tall towers sit on stone pavement, which we at Petrillo Stone Corporation were honored to provide. Specifically, this stone is Cambrian Black Thermal Finished Granite, and you can see photos of it being installed below. The pavement is intended to look like the World Trade Center plaza and provides a connecting path through a wildflower meadow and tree screening to the circulating paths of the park. Meanwhile, the memorial itself remains quiet and secluded.
All of the funds for this project were raised privately by The Greenwich Community Projects Fund, Inc. For more information on the memorial, the park, and how to donate, please visit the Greenwich September 11th Memorial website. You can find some photos taken at the site during construction below.
Our fabrication plant located in Mount Vernon, NY contains thousands of stone slabs from all over the world and can handle any stone weighing up to 20 tons. We do our best to maintain the quality of work performed by our family when Petrillo Stone Corporation was founded in 1907 by using all types of tools from the newest computer driven CNC machines to 80 year-old stone planers and even hand chisels.
The gallery below shows the start of a huge piece of Indiana limestone for a project In Asbury Park NJ. The finished piece of stone is 122” long by 31 ½” deep by 19 ½” high , weighing approximately 8,000 pounds. You can see how ornate the detailing is, which is exactly the type of work Petrillo Stone Corp likes to do. The limestone has a medium sandblast finish to make it look weathered compared with the existing stone on the building.
To see more examples of our work, be sure to check out the gallery!
At the corner of 42nd Street and 6th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan is the 1095 Avenue of Americas Plaza, a site that has quickly become a high traffic site in NYC. The plaza is essentially the front door for a commercial office building that serves as MetLife’s corporate headquarters. Because of the threat of wear caused by tons of foot traffic as well as some harsh weather, the design for this site had to be both durable and beautiful.
Building Stone Magazine recently documented this process in its Spring 2015 issue. In this project, Petrillo Stone Corporation was responsible for furnishing and installing the stone used for the building lobby, elevator lobbies, and concourse — a total of 7,400 square feet of material. The Santucci group supplied and fabricated the Joya White Carrara marble used for the walls and countertops, as well as the white terrazzo flooring. The stone is unique due to its white background with very thin gray veining. These light colors were used because the original entrance to the lobby was described as “tunnel-like,” and a white background gave it a more open feel.
The following is an excerpt from the article, “Meeting The Demands Of A Busy Northeastern Environment,” in which our very own Frank Petrillo describes the job.
As a whole, the installation process went smoothly, but Petrillo found difficulties with the lobby because the building remained in use. “The installation took place in an occupied building so we basically installed sections at a time so we didn’t disturb the tenants,” said Frank Petrillo of Petrillo Stone Corporation. “It’s a very busy building. There were certain areas, such as the elevators, that were done at night. This prevented us from interrupting the flow of traffic. We did the other areas during the day. We had to fence it off so that people could get by while we were working.”
You can see the whole article in Building Stone Magazine’s online publication on page 70. Below are some screen shots of the article which display the lobby.
We’ve been keeping busy as usual at Petrillo Stone, and doing our best to keep you updated on as many projects as possible. When on a recent job site, we realized that it’s been a while since we shared photos of the actual building process as it can be more time consuming than typical construction. We hand chip and chisel every piece of stone until every inch looks just as it should.
Attached are pictures of a mansion that is under construction in Greenwich, CT. Petrillo Stone is supplying the cut-to-size sandstone for the project. This job site requires thousands of cubic feet of cut Birmingham Buff sandstone. As you can see in the photos below, Birmingham Buff is a very classic, beige cut of sandstone. The stone is being fabricated out in Ohio.
The last is a picture of one of many window surrounds that we are supplying to a mansion in Greenwich Connecticut. This is Indiana select buff Limestone.
For more examples of our work, please visit our gallery.
In a previous blog post, we shared some of the limestone gargoyles we provided to the New York Life Building as part of a restoration project. Basically, we created replicas of the existing gargoyles as replacements for some that were weathered and broken. However, our work for this national landmark building didn’t stop there.
We’ve also been hand carving replacement stones (lugged lintel stones) to sit above designated windows, as well as some window sills. The stones are Indiana limestone with a medium sandblast finish, carved in our very own Mount Vernon shop. The original pieces were fabricated in the 1920’s and have started to break and crack. You can find photos of this work below.
Original construction of the New York Life Building was completed in 1928, and the building was named a National Historic Landmark in 1972. In order to maintain its structure and beauty, renovations have recently become necessary. Due to our reputation in the industry and attention to detail, Petrillo Stone Corporation was hired to handle the job. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the progress we make and how things unfold. In the meantime, we’re honored for the opportunity to work on a piece of US history.
For photos from our gargoyle project, be sure to check out this blog post.