The process to match the original paint on the Cornice atop the Telephone Building was not a small one. Several phases were involved, from studying the original paint chips under a microscope, to mixing the color, to testing it in real life outside on the cornice itself. Once on the surface, how would this new paint withstand the winds and weather of the Hudson Valley?

Pictured here is my process of discovering the cornice color:

From upper left clockwise, the paint sample that told me what was original paint on the Telephone Building cornice; then all the tests to find a matching exterior paint; then color samples painted directly on the cornice; and the section of paint test area at the back of the building that stood up to the winter of 2015. And, still, in 2016 there were a few surprises to come.

More on that in the next post.