Lecture: Stony Creek Granite Quarry

September 2nd, 2009

First quarried in 1858, classic granite from the Stony Creek Granite Quarry in Connecticut has been used to build some of America’s most renowned buildings, bridges, and monuments, among them the base of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, the AT&T Building, Columbia University, and Yale University. Its distinctive pink granite was formed over 600 million years ago.

Presenter Darrell Petit, a sculptor trained in urban design, has been involved in all aspects of the quarry since 1990. He describes the quarry’s history, its association with Italian fabricators, and the combination of modern technology and traditional methods used to extract, cut, and prepare the stone for shipment around the world.