When the Academy of Medicine requested gilded wooden labels for their library shelves, I had never been in the building.
When the Academy of Medicine requested gilded wooden labels for their library shelves, I had never been in the building. I was unaware how incredibly beautiful the library is. Built in 1926? by York and Sawyer in the Beaux Arts style, all of the building details are exquisite. The hand lettered signs on doors were paint by New York's best lettering artists of the late 1920s and 30s. These new signs were to look like they had always been there. The wood stain had to be matched and the finish flawless. They wanted gilded Roman capitals. It was my pleasure. I studied the existing lettering and proceeded with sketched proofs. The bust needed to have a gilded label with much tinier gilded Roman Capitals. When the Colliers funded the renovation of the rare books library, I was called to create a gilded wooden plaque to seamlessly fit above the entrance. Again, the wood finish and stain color had the match the beautifully carved door frame. Later, the extensive restoration on a baroque tapestry required another gilded plaque to recognize the donors. The tapestry and the room dwarf the sign. It is a surprising 12 inches tall.