We’re in the process of painting a new mural for the New York Palace Hotel, and were just interviewed about our work. Bill Mensching, director of our mural department, along with Zinni Veshi, the artist commissioned for the work, were interviewed about the process for designing and painting this piece that will become this iconic New York building’ newest mural. Click to read on…
Recently, the Wall Street Journal declared Michael Bloomberg the “Mayor of Preservation,” because his administration has created and expanded 41 historic districts throughout the city, which is more than his predecessors. While critics argue that some of the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decisions were based more on guiding development rather than preserving historic districts and properties, one can’t deny that New York City’s architectural vibrancy largely comes from embracing both historic and contemporary design. The Meatpacking district, for example, reuses many of its old structures in a new way, and has been transformed from vacant and crime ridden to a cultural center for art, fashion, and nightlife. It is a true testament to the success of historic preservation with an undeniable contemporary “cool” factor.
Read the personal account of this fantastic project from one of EverGreene’s Mural Conservation Foremen, Forrest Filler.
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has so many amazing murals, but of the many passages of murals throughout the building, I’ve always felt the William Andrew MacKay murals in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall were my favorite—and lucky for me, because I had the great pleasure of working to begin an long relationship examining and conserving them beginning in 2008, where I assisted Gillian Randell our chief conservator with the conservation feasibility study which ultimately led to EverGreene getting contracted to conserve the full series. It was a real treat and proved to be one of the most challenging experiences of my life.
It may look like the set of an apocalypse film now, but the Loew’s Kings Theatre will be one of New York’s most prized theaters once again. After 5 years of planning, EverGreene is now starting some major work to completely restore this gem, which has been abandoned for the past 30 years in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
These new murals & decoration designed and painted by EverGreene for St. Paul the Apostle in Westerville, OH portrays a representation of the Heavenly Crucifixion, the Holy City of Jerusalem, communion of new and old world saints, and the perfected garden.
At EverGreene, we are constantly seeking out meaning and historical context behind the interiors we work on in order to make more informed decisions. President Jeff Greene recently was honored to be a guest speaker at the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, IL where he spoke about what makes a sacred space. As a decorator, painter, and traveler, Jeff has always sought out the meaning of the sacred across cultures, and this has been both a professional and personal life’s pursuit. What follows below are some ideas extrapolated from his talk of how he searches for the meaning behind sacred spaces and interiors.
Lauren Rottet’s comments about the interior design process and making creative decisions in regards to client personality and function of the space is very insightful. It is also very similar to how we operate at EverGreene, even though we deal with an entirely different, though complementary, part of the interior design process.
Severe water damage at the Verizon Building in New York is evident in this once beautiful ceiling mural.
Hurricane Sandy’s effect on the buildings of New York City has been profound. In architecturally significant interiors, murals, decorative painting, plaster, and other elements can be damaged by changes in environmental conditions such as water infiltration and fluctuations in temperature and humidity. These photographs of the Verizon Building help show the devastation that water damage can have on our city’s beautiful buildings.
Check out this time lapse video of EverGreene painters hard at work!
EverGreene began an on-site historical finishes investigation at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans back in 2006 to determine the original historic finishes scheme after Hurricane Katrina left this historic theater severely damaged. To accomplish this, exposure windows were examined and over 150 paint samples were extracted by scalpel, and examined under the microscope. EverGreene is now honored to have been invited back to this beautiful New Orleans theater under the direction of our very own Terry Vanderwell to renew the space to it’s original brilliance.
We’re doing some plaster work in Seattle, Washington at the historic King Street Station to renew the interior back to it’s former glory.
We are responsible for the station’s ornamental plaster rehabilitation work, which includes an extensive process of removing plaster ornament, creating molds using liquid Vytaflex rubber, and casting new ornamental pieces which will be installed and painted into the place where the previous ornament adorned the ceilings and columns. We’ve been employing many different methods and techniques to accomplish the task, several of which can be seen here in this video.