Carnegie Hall
Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall
New York, New York
The Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall were in need of plaster and paint repair. Not unlike many of our theatre-owner clientele, Carnegie Hall had an exceptionally small window of time for both venues to be unusable. The restoration team needed to execute this project quickly and with extreme precision.

Architects, Polshek Partnership, called Ernest Neuman Studios to help create visual reference that would assist in establishing color and paint technique during the design phase. Latex molds were then created from a section of the existing balcony fascia in the Stern Auditorium. From these molds, we created an exact replica of the fascia. Supported by metal frame-work in our plaster shop, we then used this life-size plaster mock-up to examine different base paint colors, gilding and tinted glazes. Basically, the architects and owner’s reps were able to design the painting of Stern Auditorium in our studio while the venue remained open for performances.

Immediately following the approval of the design phase of the project, we were commissioned by Newport Painting to execute the on-site production. In doing so, we restored elements of ornamental plaster and together with Newport Painting worked to restore both the Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall. With the utilization of 30+ craftsman and artisans, the entire project was executed in under 3 months.

Project Team
Project Architects: Polshek Partnership, LLP
Painting Contractor: Newport Painting with Ernest Neuman Studios
Photo 7: Application of gold leaf and glazes in production.