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.
Have you every heard of the Ponte Rotto, originally known as the Pons Aemilius? It’s a famous broken bridge in Rome Italy and a historical landmark in stone masonry. Check out this blog post, shared from our company site PetrilloStone.com:
Originally named the Pons Aemilius, it was built in 179 B.C. and is one of the only remaining examples of Roman Republican architecture. It was constructed to connect the cattle farm on the eastern bank with Trastevere on the western bank. However, no one has been able to cross it since Christmas Eve 1598, when floods carried the eastern part away.
Ancient Stone Masonry in the Ponte Rotto
What was really remarkable, though, was that it was one of the first stone Roman bridges. At the time, bridges were wooden and entirely supported on timber piles. Instead, the Pons Aemilius was constructed of a wooden roadbed, supported by five stone pillars.
The stone used was locally quarrified volcanic tufa, a form of volcanic ash. The stone was laid in ashlar masonry style, or an interlocking style of horizontal and vertical slabs set in parallel courses.
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When Petrillo Stone Corporation arrived at Fordham University’s Loyola Hall, the white marble altar was badly stained. Our team was able to clean and restore the altar to its former magnificence. See pictures of the project below.
Probably most professionals working in stone masonry and architecture have iconic landmarks that inspire them, and Ralph Petrillo is no exception. While whittling down to a single piece of architecture is difficult, I can say with confidence that Edinburgh Castle places fairly high on my list of favorites.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Edinburgh Castle is nestled on the historic Castle Rock in Scotland and is one of the capital’s main attractions, welcoming over one million visitors each year. Castle Rock was formed over 340 million years after a volcano eruption. For centuries, the rock was used as a military base and housing for royals. The castle itself was built in the 12th century by David I, the son of Saint Margaret of Scotland.
Over the years, Edinburgh Castle has been the site of many political battles between English and Scottish monarchies. During the Wars of Independence, the castle went back and forth as property of each country. It also saw some serious damage over this time and was rebuilt by David II in 1356. In 1573, English forces took over Edinburgh in what’s known as the Lang Siege in an attempt to capture the Queen. This siege once again caused damage to the castle and David’s tower was destroyed in the process.
For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, Edinburgh Castle was restored. Today, it’s a wonderful, iconic spot for tourists to visit. Along with the crown jewels and Honours of Scotland, the castle houses the Stone of Destiny, a holy relic that has been captured and recaptured by Scots and Brits for over 700 years. For more about the history of Edinburgh Castle, visit the official website.
We’re proud to announce that Petrillo Stone was recently the recipient of an award from the US Trade & Commerce Institute. The press release below details the specifics of this honor.
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Petrillo Stone Corporation receives 2013 New York Excellence Award
May 19th 2014 – Petrillo Stone Corporation has been selected for the 2013 New York Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCI).
Each year the USTCI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that New York is renowned for.
Petrillo Stone Corporation has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.
As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of New York.
The USTCI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.
Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.
More information on USTCI can be found at www.USTCI.org