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Casting the Plaza Hotel: Reviving the Art of Ironwork
NEW YORK, NY.- The Plaza, the storied New York hotel that first opened 101 years ago, showcased the finest craftsmanship of its time. Decorative ironwork was a signature feature of the construction, inside and out. Now, as The Plaza reopens after major renovations, the crafted ironwork is again a significant attribute thanks to the work of SignonAmerica, a Brooklyn-based company.

SignonAmerica was originally commissioned to create 122 Juliet balconies. The project's success led to others, large and small. Many pieces, like the balconies, were reproduced in a style befitting the original Beaux Arts decoration. Others were copied from existing pieces -- SignonAmerica recreated small flower-shaped medallions in the famous Palm Court that were missing. Large decorative grills were recast to match originals. Even a lost ornate light fixture was recreated by copying its remaining mate. They once again stand as a pair, welcoming guests to the hotel.

The grandest demonstration of fine craftsmanship is the staircase created for the new hotel lobby. This impressive work of art, incorporating the Plaza logo, was designed to look as if it had always been there. The sweeping structure is an excellent example of the design and fabrication capabilities of SignonAmerica.

"All of our work is done in Israel using age-old methods and tools," said Mark Schiller, SignonAmerica partner. "This fine craftsmanship is indistinguishable from the originals. We are proud to be a part of this historic project that showcases our commitment to fine art, design, craftsmanship and service."







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