By Terry Trucco
If you last visited the Sherry-Netherland hotel two or three decades ago – or even early last year – expect a jaw-drop moment when you next enter the lobby.
For nearly 40 years, the lobby ceiling – a parade of graceful arches stretching what seems a mile high – was white. Generations passing through assumed it was always so.
But history buffs, Art Deco enthusiasts and Sherry aficionados with long memories (and even longer lives) know otherwise. When the hotel opened in 1927, a magnificent mural of Raphael-inspired muses, putti and flower garlands blanketed the ceiling. And nearly 40 years after it was painted white to cover up damage from water leaks, the mural reappeared this spring in a blaze of Jazz Age glory. (more…)