Earlier this year, Ralph Petrillo took a trip out to Lincoln Quarry in Colorado to choose blocks for a project with the Knickerbocker Club in New York. This quarry received its name after sourcing the stone used in the Lincoln Memorial. In the gallery below, you will find photos of Ralph Petrillo with the architectural team, the owner’s representative, the fabricator and the installer of the project. And your eyes are not fooling you — those are the Rocky Mountains in the background.
Our company Petrillo Stone Corporation recently celebrated a major milestone — the 80th anniversary of our work with Fordham University. Over the years, we’ve completed a wide variety of jobs ranging from assisting in the building of Keating Hall back in 1936 to the new 16 ft Fordham University Seal at the Lincoln Center campus.
You can read more about business relationship and the iconic projects we’ve been a part of in this press release. As Ralph Petrillo is quoted, “It is nice to know that we have been a small part of Fordham’s history and Fordham University has been a wonderful part of our history.”
If you haven’t heard, Petrillo Stone Corporation celebrated 109 years of business in 2016. The New York-based company was founded in 1907 by A.T. Petrillo and is now headed by his grandsons Frank and Ralph. To celebrate this accomplishment and family tradition, the Petrillo brothers shared part of the company’s history in a recent press release. Read the full article here.
“We’ve been involved in high end projects for as long as I can remember,” Ralph Petrillo said. “One of my first memories is when my father and uncle (John Petrillo and August Petrillo) had taken the contract for the fabrication of the travertine for Lincoln Center in NYC in our shop back in the 1960’s.”
For an idea of just how far this company has come, here are a few of our recent project photos:
Petrillo Stone Corp has been working on the lobby at 90 Park Avenue. Specifically, we installed and furnished a feature wall as well as side wall. Images of this work can be found at the bottom of this post. The stone is Travertine unfilled from Tivoli, right outside of Rome. The material was purchased from Carlo Mariotti in Tivoli. We drafted it, had it cut at Mariotti, and brought it over in a container. The stone was brought to the Petrillo Stone shop in Mount Vernon, laid out to make sure it was dry, and installed in the lobby.
The desk (seen behind Ralph Petrillo in the gallery below) 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.
Ralph Petrillo recently took a trip to Italy with his brother Frank, where they represented Petrillo Stone Corporation at a Stone Expo in Verona. They also met with a stone supplier during the trip, as the fabrication plant located in Mount Vernon, NY contains slabs from all over the world. Of course, the Petrillo brothers also had to make time for plenty of sight-seeing and a trip to the Vini Gamba Vineyards in Valpolicella , Italy. You can see some of Ralph’s photos from the trip below.
This week is the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and is understandably an emotional time for people across our nation. This is the time of year where we stop to remember the lives lost in those tragic attacks, as well as come together in a show of patriotism. This was especially true when our very own Ralph Petrillo visited the construction site of the new September 11th Memorial in Greenwich, CT in Cos Cob Park.
On September 11, 2001, 32 people with ties to Greenwich, CT were killed. The names of these individuals have been incorporated into the memorial, making it a new place held close to the hearts of community members. Additionally, the new memorial is located in a secluded section of the park overlooking the Indian Harbor, providing a peaceful place for the families of victims to come and reflect. Charles Hilton Architects designed the two glass towers clad with American flags. In each of the flag stripes lays the name of a local victim. Additionally, compass points in the center of the plaza point to Washington DC, Manhattan’s World Trade Center Site, and Shanksville PA.
Ralph was on location because Petrillo Stone Corp was supplying stone for the pavement beneath the glass towers. This stone was Cambrian Black Thermal Finished Granite, meant to mimic the look of the World Trade Center plaza. You can read more about this project and the memorial design on the Petrillo Stone Corp. blog or on the Memorial’s official website. Below are some photos that Ralph Petrillo was able to capture during his visit. He encourages you all to stop by, as well.
In this post is a photo of one of the many stones ( Deer Island Granite ) that Petrillo Stone Corporation fabricated for the Comcast Building (formerly the G E Building). We originally described this project in an earlier blog post. In addition to fabricating the stone, we also gold leafed the carved letters and logo by hand.
Ralph Petrillo was the project manager on this project. He oversaw the fabrication and gold leafing of this project, as well as made sure everything ran smoothly and on time. Although the stones were completed a few months ago, the official unveiling of the new stones was July first. If you’re walking through New York at any point this summer, be sure to keep an eye out for our work! We’ve had the privilege of working on this and many other iconic buildings in the city and are so proud to be part of New York’s history, as it’s been such a positive piece of ours.
For another example of Ralph Petrillo’s project management in New York, be sure to check out Petrillo Stone featured in an article in Building Stone Magazine.
To the right is a photo of Petrillo Stone Corp.’s interior marble setters installing Calacatta Vagli Marble for the lobby at 90 Park Avenue. The marble was quarried and fabricated in Carrara, Italy and supplied and installed by Petrillo Stone Corporation out of Mount Vernon, NY . Before being fabricated in Italy, the pieces were drafted and drawn by Petrillo’s draftsmen at our Mount Vernon Offices.
At Petrillo Stone, we always adhere to the traditional approaches to stone masonry because that’s the way it’s done best. We use only the highest quality materials, which often means obtaining marble all the way from Italy.
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30 Rockefeller Plaza was in need of stone, and they contacted Petrillo Stone Corporation to do the job. Our attention to detail and passion for the craft is what makes such iconic clients trust us with their most serious projects.
As you can see in the photos below, the team at Petrillo Stone details each project by hand. We were applying gold leafing to a sample of the granite stones we’ll be supplying to 30 Rockefeller in the near future.
For more on this project, visit our company blog.
The pictures below show the marble that Petrillo Stone Corporation installed at 285 Madison Avenue in NYC. We drafted, supplied and installed the material. Calacatta Vagli Marble was used on the walls and Jet Mist Granite on the floors.