The Verizon Building
Professional Circle members were given an exclusive tour of the recently restored lobby of the 32-story Verizon Building at 140 West Street in Lower Manhattan (also known as the Barclay-Vesey Building). The tour was led by Dominic Veltri, Verizon’s director of network and technology critical facilities.
The main lobby of the Verizon Building is a masterpiece of Jazz Age decorative art and a New York City landmark. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy in late October of 2012 affected 12 monumental ceiling frescoes. They were designed by Hugo R.B. Newman and depict communication from its most rudimentary forms to the pinnacle of technological evolution at the time of 1926, the candlestick telephone. Other means of communication in the mural include smoke signals, beacons, carrier pigeons, signal flags, the megaphone, the drum, the heliograph and gunfire.
During four weeks in February and March 2013, conservators and technicians from Evergreene Architectural Arts worked to repair and stabilize the murals which had been exposed to extreme conditions— diesel fumes from emergency generators; the presence of standing pools of salt water under the frescoes for days on end; and deposits of mud, sand and dust.
The Conservancy initially helped make the connection between the Verizon staff and Evergreene after the damage to the building sustained during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The Conservancy provided technical and advisory services through the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund.
And below, you can watch a video about the restoration.