Digital Modeling on Excelsior Hotel Restoration Project

The Excelsior Hotel in New York, NY is a landmarked building on the Upper West Side overlooking the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Boston Valley is working to restore its stately exterior using our digital modeling and 5-axis routing capabilities.

The basic form of the column capital in the photo below was routed in plaster and our craftsmen subsequently carved the detailed scrolls and leaves onto the form with clay and plasticine. This reduced the time required to produce this mold.

 

Our use of Rhino on this project has assisted in understanding how the complex units such as engaged columns fit into the facade, or the sculptural quality of the decorative shield panels at the window spandrels.