Everyone knew it was a big job. Congregation Beth Ahabah’s mural was given in 1913 by the Ladies’ Auxiliary and is the focal point of the synagogue’s formal sanctuary. Spanning 30 feet end to end and reaching a height of 50 feet at its apex, the proscenium arch had cracked plaster, and faded and dirty paint. It needed repairs and repainting – a full restoration. In eight weeks’ time.
See the remarkable video and pictures of the restoration.
Summer is always a busy time for H.J. Holtz & Son, as clients explore ways to freshen or re-imagine their living spaces. To help with the added workload – as well as to cultivate a next generation of craftspeople – the company annually hires a crew of teen and young adult workers, who learn alongside Holtz’s experienced team members.
Today’s painting projects require much more than brushes, rollers and drop cloths. H.J. Holtz & Son has a range of highly specialized equipment to create the best finished product while ensuring the safety of staff and homeowners.
Every project, at its heart, is about fixing something that’s not right, says H.J. Holtz & Son President Rick Holtz. “Customers bring us their problems, and we work with them to find solutions."
H.J. Holtz & Son decorative artists Brian Smith and Logan Porter want to talk about Venetian plaster - the possibilities are endless. Check out the video too!
If, as interior designers tell us, the ceiling is the fifth wall of a room, then certainly the floor is the sixth wall. It may not be at eye level, but the floor – and whatever covers it – is integral to a space, either supporting an overall design or making a statement all by itself.
Holtz & Son’s carpentry division, which had served for years primarily to support painting and paper jobs, is now coming to the fore with its own free-standing projects in which the craftsmanship of a well-experienced team is front and center.
Decorative ceilings are among the most dramatic projects team members at H.J. Holtz & Son executes. Techniques range the gamut: papers to high-gloss finishes, free-hand painting to elaborate stencils to highlight a central fixture or interesting shape.
Eric and Vicki White, of Richmond’s Fan neighborhood is on this year’s Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week tour, and have relied on H.J. Holtz & Son for numerous projects since 2009. They also needed them to help prepare the home for the tour April 27- May 4.