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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sherry-Netherland Hidden Fresco

After a year of painstaking conservation efforts, a 1927 fresco hidden underneath over a dozen layers of white paint and plaster has been unearthed. Then-prolific artist Joseph Aruta painted the ceiling in the lobby of the iconic Sherry-Netherland Hotel on 59th Street in the Beaux-Arts style, but it was mysteriously covered up. It took five Evergreene Architectural Arts conservationists to unveil the 860-square-foot mural, which has all the customary frills, flourishes, and cherubs. Here are the first set of images I shot for the Hotel. Check out Evergrenne"s video of the actual work in progress, at the bottom of the page.

Front Fresco Center

Front Fresco Final

Middle fresco Final

Fresco Lobby Final

© All Images Ber Murphy 2014

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I didn't want to leave 2013 without once again giving a centennial nod to one of our cities great landmark buildings, The Woolworth. 100 years ago in 1913, Cass Gilberts neo-gothic masterpiece was completed and became, for the next 17 years, the tallest structure in the world. I LOVE IT!!!>
©Ber Murphy 2011

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013


Designed by Architecture firm Barlis Wedlick, a Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized. Any remaining heat demand is provided by an extremely small source. Habitat #3 Habitat #7
© Ber Murphy 2013