More Manhattan Landmarks Gain Life Extension and Visual Appeal In The Hands Of Graciano Corp. Masonry Experts

12/05/2012, New York, NY

Challenging projects at three early-20th-century New York landmarks got expert attention in 2012 from the Graciano Corporation’s specialists in historic-masonry restoration, new-masonry construction and concrete restoration.

“From the West 66th Street Armory to the Waldorf=Astoria Motor Court to Wagner College on Staten Island, each of these projects has demanded very high-level skills under tight deadlines,” said Graciano Vice President and General Manager Tom Corbo recently.

The Graciano team has earned a reputation for masonry and concrete craftsmanship over almost a century of high-profile work on irreplaceable structures in and around Manhattan, Mr. Corbo said. “There’s no such thing as a routine project in New York. Each one has a unique twist of its own.”

At the West 66th Street Armory, Graciano artisans are completing a five-month program of masonry restoration, repointing, waterproofing and general restoration, working to exacting historical standards. Mortar, stucco and other materials all were chosen to replicate the original appearance of the ornate five-story structure, which was built in 1903. The Armory served its public function until 1976, when it was converted into a television studio.

According to Mr. Corbo, the project will be completed, on schedule, by Dec. 31st, including the rebuilding of elaborate parapets.

In September, at the Waldorf=Astoria Motor Court, a Graciano team began installation of new limestone and granite veneers inside the 1931 hotel’s motor court. The work, which involves removal of various outdated surface materials on walls and columns, is scheduled for completion in spring, 2013.

Also in September, on Staten Island, Graciano craftsmen completed extensive masonry and parapet restoration at Wagner College’s Main Hall. The original assignment called for restoration, waterproofing and exterior cleaning of the 1929 precast concrete structure. This also includes gothic-style turrets that flank the entrance. The Graciano team replaced the dome and completed the work on schedule, with only intermittent, precautionary interruptions of Main Hall classroom and office activities.

With offices in New York, New Jersey and Pittsburgh, Graciano Corporation is respected nationwide for its expertise in historic restoration and preservation. Some of the company’s recent projects in Manhattan include significant restoration work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Cloisters, Moynihan Station, MetLife Tower, Rockefeller Center, the Apollo Theater, and the Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Terminal.

Celebrating 95 years in business, Graciano President Glenn Foglio stated, “It is truly an honor for Graciano to play a continuing role in renewing the beauty of New York’s historic landmarks.”

Graciano has earned numerous awards from such organizations as the New York Landmarks Conservancy, International Masonry Institute, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.

Contact: Glenn Foglio, President, Graciano Corporation 412-963-8400.

Related Project Details

  • Waldorf=Astoria
  • 3/4/2004, Owner: The Hilton Hotel Corporation
  • Waldorf=Astoria
  • Anticipated Completion: Summer 2011, Owner: Hilton Hotels
  • Wagner College
  • 2012
  • West 66th Street Armory
  • 2012