My brother and I began in the painting business almost 30 years ago as local interest in restoration first began. For many of us the model and inspiration was the work being done in Colonial Williamsburg. For us the restoration is definitely the most demanding and difficult part of the job, but also the most rewarding.
It is also the most costly. But the restoration process of renewing and replenishing is always an uplifting thing. It gives back beauty to the time worn.
After first attending the NYC Art Students League on 57th Street, we began collaborating on projects that required the skills of a craftsman with those of a fine artist. From marbling and murals to Venetian plaster and the decorative finishes we learnt the techniques to be applied with an artist’s eye. Walter is also known among a select group of architects and builders for what are essentially modern frescoes.
We began painting houses in Connecticut and the surrounding Westchester towns but some of our customers from time to time would ask if we would do their Manhattan apartments. And I quickly learned that the skills required to work in the city might just as well be called a different profession.
After moving there in the early 80s I got the opportunity to work with some of New York’s most renowned and storied contractors and decorators. One of my most memorable contracts was restoring the 5th Avenue townhouse where Teddy Roosevelt married his bride in the 1880s. For another we actually went to Beverly Hills to work on a special project for two months. Another special project took us to Hawaii for the grand lobby of a Japanese Hotel.
We now bring back all those skills for your service from whence we started.
Patrick Reddy (owner)