About Ernest Neuman Studios

At Ernest Neuman Studios, we bring our expertise and passion for preservation to projects of all sizes, from iconic buildings and institutions to smaller residences. Based in New York City, we are proud to serve clients in and around the city with the highest level of craftsmanship and expertise in our field.

Whether you're restoring a historic landmark, preserving a cherished family heirloom, or creating a unique finish for your home, our team of experts is dedicated to delivering exceptional results. We take pride in our attention to detail and commitment to preserving the beauty of the past for future generations to enjoy.

Our goal is to make your project a success, and we strive to exceed your expectations every step of the way. From start to finish, we work closely with you to ensure that your vision is brought to life with the highest level of quality and integrity.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can bring our expertise and passion for preservation to your next project. Let us show you why we are the leading choice for creative construction and restoration, conservation finish in and around New York City.

Joe Braby


With over 20 years of experience working as an artist, foreman, project-manager and as a director of restoration projects throughout the United States, Joe Braby is President and founder of Ernest Neuman Studios. Mr. Braby continues to expertly direct his artists, craftsmen and project managers in both the historical restoration of ornamental plaster and architectural finishes and in the implementation of innovative finishes for the newly built environment. His past experience of directing over 100 restoration projects is why he is a specialist in project development, management and estimating and budget planning. Mr. Braby applies his knowledge and guidance with finely tuned communication skills, diplomacy and a support service-oriented approach. He promotes easy interaction and collaboration with clients, designers, architects and contractors. To this end, he has contributed significantly to the restoration efforts of a number of historic buildings, nationwide. He consults with architectural teams on the direction and aesthetic of many New York City Landmark Buildings.

In addition, Joe Braby is a Trustee on the board of the library in Kingston New York. He is Chair of the Operations Committee.

Joshua Rubin

Vice President

Raised in the scenic Rockies of Colorado, I moved to New York where I received a graduate degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, advancing the artistic skills and knowledge I use now on a daily basis with Ernest Neuman Studios. I joined Ernest Neuman early in its inception and have served in many rolls: artisan, sample maker, crew foreman, estimator, project manager, and vice president. This is representative of the soup to nuts expertise, attention to detail, and integrity that we are able to give to each and every client and project.

Mission & Philosophy

Ernest Neuman Studios works to collaborate in the aesthetic development of new spaces and the restoration of historic spaces by skillfully combining current technology and concepts with traditional craftsmanship. We are dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the decorative arts. Our company focuses on creating both architectural finishes including Venetian plaster and other artisan plaster finishes that enhance newly built environments, as well as restoring historic spaces. We have expertise in metal leaf gilding and all manner of decorative painted finishes. Our craftsmen are masters in the art of manufacturing and installing ornamental plaster.