We finished the first part of the tremendous project of stripping off  14 layers of paint, glaze, casein and distemper, repairing the ornamental plaster, then painting and glazing the final results on the largest lobby of the building.  Dundean Studios was responsible for the final color glazing  and detailing. We also undertook rendering a faux marble finish on all 26 capitols and corbels to match the existing marble surrounds. Also cleaning, repairing and restoring 11 large American Scagliola Cartouches over the entrances and elevators.

The Beresford

One of the world’s greatest residential buildings, the Beresford at 211 Central Park West  is distinguished by its three towers and its two major façades, one overlooking Central Park and the other Manhattan Square, the park that contains the American Museum of Natural History.

This 193-unit cooperative building is one of the masterpieces of architect Emery Roth, who also designed the twin-towered San Remo a few blocks south on Central Park West and the twin-towered El Dorado a few blocks north on Central Park West.  It was erected in 1929.  His firm, Emery Roth & Sons, would also design more office buildings in the city than any other firm.

A monumental and magnificent residential palazzo, the building has always been one of the city’s grandest addresses with wonderful apartment layouts, rich details and great views.

–  Carter B. Horsley

TJK Plastering General Contractor.  Paint stripping and painting by Audra Frank Associates LLC.  Glazing, detailing and finish work by Dundean Studios.

Original 1927 color of Corbels

Faux marble corbel after rendering

Faux marble capitols and corbels.

Close up of faux marble corbel

Before and after glaze picture

Applying water-based PROCEED glaze

American Scaliola (Mezzano) before restore

Repaired and restored scagliola cartouche. After cleaning, honing, repairing with hard shellac, french polishing and waxing.

Julia Sickler and Christine Eisenberg hard at work
Hard at work

Glazed ornamental ceiling


More pictures coming soon!




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