The Brooklyn Eagle picked up on BHB’s coverage of the demolition of the St. George Hotel mural and comes back with this report:
Brooklyn Eagle: Mosiac at St. George…: Regardless of its historical value, however, the mosaic had to go, said the architect in charge of the work, Walter C. Maffei.
“The mural over the pool had a crack,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle Thursday. “It had to be removed for safety’s sake. The building insisted on it being removed.”
Mr. Maffei said that the mosaic had been “modified so much, there’s nothing left.” Besides the major crack, the structural backing is gone, he said. “It’s going to be replaced with a new wall.”
“It’s a way to protect people – a pre-emptive move to make the place secure and safe.”
I just got off the phone with the architect (on another issue). He informed me that the wall was unsafe and not salvagable. The mosaic will be reconstructed using new materials to match the original design, he told me.