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Granite from Stony Creek Quarry features prominently in the Statue of Liberty Museum. (Source: Shore Line Times)
Granite from Stony Creek Quarry features prominently in the Statue of Liberty Museum. (Source: Shore Line Times)

Historic granite site comes full circle in new project

A quarry that famously supplied pink granite for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty has been re-enlisted to supply the stone for a new museum honouring the monument.

Stony Creek Quarry in Branford, Connecticut, has been contracted to provide its unique pink granite for the $USD70 million ($AUD99m) Statue of Liberty Museum, with its stone used in the construction of walkways, staircases and seating.

Stony Creek granite, which was first quarried in 1858, is part of a Mesozoic era deposit formed between 225 million and 650 million years ago. It was first excavated for the Statue of Liberty pedestal in 1884, according to, before later providing the foundations of other iconic New York landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Station.

For the 2415m2 (26,000ft2) museum project – to be completed later this month – Stony Creek has supplied approximately 450 tonnes of pink granite, to be transported about 145km.

The company has worked in partnership with the North Carolina Granite Corporation (NCGC), with Stony Creek cutting the raw block — typically 25 tonnes each — and NCGC then forming the architectural cut-to-size product used for cladding and paving, the New Haven Register reported.

While project leaders did consider sourcing cheaper granite from competing quarries, Stony Creek’s historic association with Liberty Island eventually ensured it secured the contract.

Nicholas Garrison, from the project’s managing company FXCollaborative, said the stone was the optimum choice, containing flecks of quartz and feldspar. It was also chosen because it fit with the ethos of designing a welcoming structure.

“There isn’t a horizontal surface that we’ve used that isn’t Stony Creek granite,” he said, according to the New Haven Register. “It’s just very beautiful, clean. It really takes on different colours depending on how it’s cut.”


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