We recently had the chance to work on this project, a custom fabricated limestone fireplace.
At Petrillo Stone, we admire masonry for being an ancient art that evolves with new technology. That’s why we’re so intrigued by an architecture team at Iowa State University which recently created a 3D-printed ceramic system that efficiently cools buildings. For their efforts, the team won an award in masonry design and construction.
The project is called “Mashrabiya 2.0,” and is a facade that works its way into a building’s mechanical system. Once installed, it cools the space through evaporative cooling methods. It also works by controlling airflow and light. The secret is in the facade’s micro pores, small holes in the screen wall that ventilate a space as air passes through the pores.
The four faculty members, Shelby Doyle, assistant professor and Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture; Leslie Forehand, lecturer; Nicholas Senske, assistant professor; and Erin Hunt, computation and construction lab associate entered a contest called the Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition and won in the category of young architects and engineers.
The team was awarded a $10,000 prize after their project was selected by a jury of architects and leaders in masonry.
We would like to congratulate this team for their success! Click here to read the full story.
FOR NOVEMBER 1- December 31, 2017
All 2cm slabs $11.50 square foot
All 3cm slabs $16.00 square foot
C.O.D. picked up in our warehouse
We have the following materials to choose from:
Verde Acceglio 2 and 3 cm
Bardiglio 2cm and 3cm
White Marbles 2cm, 3cm and 5cm ($21.00 square foot)
Mocha Cream 2cm, 3cm and 5cm ($21.00 square foot)
Various Other materials please call for more information and appointment 914-668-8561 ask for Debbie
Petrillo Stone supplies Birmingham Buff Sandstone to the ONG Residence Estate in Greenwich, CT
Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park in Columbia Falls, MT, requires many costly repairs. The century old building burned in the Sprague Fire on August 31, 2017.
The Great Northern Railway opened Sperry Chalet in 1914, along with a handful of other lodges. Before it burned, Sperry Chalet was one of only two remaining lodges.
Sperry Chalet was a refuge for tired hikers who had to complete a difficult, 6.7 mile hike to reach the chalet. Locally quarried stone lined the walls inside the much-loved dining room, where visitors enjoyed roasts, pies, and breakfast foods.
The two-story masonry building situated on a bed of rock in the backwoods was an icon to visitors as well as those of us in the industry.
The Aftermath of the Fire
The roof and woodwork inside the building has vanished, along with the dormitory portion of the building. Even though much of the building has burned away, the kitchen and dining room may be salvageable.
Since the day after the fire, the Glacier Conservancy has been working with the park’s superintendent, Jeff Mow, to establish a plan of action to revitalize the Sperry Chalet.
The conservancy hired an engineering firm to evaluate the remaining structure, and they stressed that it needs to be stabilized before the winter.
The Sperry Action Fund is currently in need of more donations. Click here to read the full story.
The stations of the Cross and carvings were found in a Jesuit Monistary in Shrub Oak, NY which later became the Phoenix house. The property was recently sold and the marble carvings were a gift to Fordham University. Petrillo Stone dismantled, warehoused, stored, restored and installed at McGinley hall Fordham University Rose Hill campus. This project was overseen by both Ralph and Frank Petrillo from Petrillo Stone Corp Mount Vernon, NY.
Have you visited the museum at Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island? Now open to the public, the building is a landmark in American architecture and still strikingly beautiful.
Marble House was built as a summer home between 1888 and 1892 for Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt. While summer homes in the area were traditionally wooden, Marble House marked the transition to the now well-known stone palace. Alva Vanderbilt was known in society for her flare as a hostess, and it’s said that she saw Marble House as a “temple to the arts”.
According to the website, “The house was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present.”
Marble House is one of the earliest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the U.S. The building is U-shaped, and consists of four stories although it only appears to be two from the outside. The load-bearing section of the walls are made of brick, and the entire exterior of the building is Westchester marble. Not surprisingly, this gorgeous property as also appeared in several films and television series.
For more about Marble House and the lifestyles of the rich at the turn of the century, visit the Preservation Society of Newport County’s website.
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.
Petrillo Stone Corporation would like to announce a special offering for you:
We are currently over-stocked in a large variety of stone slabs and pieces, and need to liquidate this stock to make room in our warehouse. Because of this, we are greatly discounting the prices on our current inventory and passing this saving to you.
Our currently inventory includes all different types of products ranging from:
Plus other Natural Stone in a variety of sizes (slabs and pieces), colors, and thicknesses, and all are priced to move quickly. Discounts Range from 30% to 50% off normal pricing with additional discounts available for larger quantity purchases.
Appointments are available on a first come, first serve basis and are filling up fast:
Weekdays: 8:30am – 3:30pm Monday – Fridays
Weekends: Available by appointment only
To make your appointment, contact Debbie Santoro at
914-668-8561 (or email at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Have you ever wondered about the journey that natural stone takes before it is used in a building or furniture? The truth is, the stone’s travels are quite impressive. In a previous blog post, we told you about Frank and Ralph Petrillo’s trip to Italy where they visited the quarry from which Petrillo Stone Corporation sources much of its stone. A recent article on Dwell told a similar story, and we just had to share.
This article tells the story behind a Saarinen marble table top, from quarry, to the Knoll Inc factory, to the home or office. The story gives you an appreciation for this type of craftsmanship as well as the high quality products. Read the full story on Dwell.
Below, find some photos from the quarry in Italy that Frank and Ralph visited.