Stations of the Cross

The stations of the cross and carvings were found in a Jesuit Monastery 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 Frank and Ralph Petrillo.

stations of the cross

Ralph Petrillo Visits Lincoln Quarry

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.

The Lobby at 90 Park Avenue

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 Attends Stone Expo in Italy

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.

Petrillo Stone Creates Gold Leafing for 30 Rockefeller

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.

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Ponte Rotto, The Broken Bridge

1024px-Roma-ponterotto01Have 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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One of my Favorite Stone Landmarks: Edinburgh Castle

edinburghProbably 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.