gold leaf install

Fordham University Receives Hand-Carved, Gold Leafed Stone

Petrillo Stone made an exciting return to the McShane Building at Fordham University this past summer – a building our team has worked on a time or two before. This time, we had the honor and pleasure of installing a hand-carved, 24-karat gold-leafed dated stone.

A History of Petrillo & Fordham University

The McShane Building – and Fordham University – has been at the top of our project list for the past several years. One of the first projects we did for Fordham University – located in the Bronx – was to hand-carve two custom Limestone designs. One was a cross and the other was the university seal.

Honoring the Past with Gold-Leafed Stone

The latest project Petrillo was commissioned to complete was this beautiful gold-leafed stone. This 24-karat gold-leafed stone was dated and named in honor of the former President of Fordham University, Father Joseph McShane. It was carved into Portuguese Limestone – a very dense stone. Unlike other Limestone options that we have used in the past (such as Aegean which comes from the Mediterranean), Portuguese Limestone is cut straight from the earth and contains darker veins and a lighter background – making it a sharp, beautiful contrast perfect for exteriors.

A Legacy Left in Stone

We hope this custom, hand-carved gold-leafed stone preserves the legacy that Father McShane left. While pictures only show so much – it is worth the drive to Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus to view it in person.