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This 1890’s built building was originally used as a music hall for an all-women’s college. Berglund, under BTL’s direction restored it to its original splendor using age old tuck-pointing techniques. All old repair mortars were removed by mechanical wet grinding so as not to expose the users to any airborne hazards. The mortar was replaced with the three original colors using a beaded finish joint which would have been used in the original construction. Any deteriorated brick was removed and replaced in kind with reclaimed brick matching originals. Paint colors were selected based on period photos further enhancing the original historic look. 

During the restoration phase the building was kept occupied and functional. Many of the more intrusive repairs were made during off hours and on weekends. Little by little, layers of dirt and deterioration were peeled away to reveal the craftsmanship of yesterday that had been hidden. 

The original wood cornice was restored and many wooden elements were replaced with reclaimed wood that were fashioned to replicate originals. Other types of materials that were used consisted of brick, reclaimed Chicago commons, reclaimed period face brick, type N mortar in three difference colors, conproco matrix patching materials and high performance paint coatings in historic matching colors.


DURATION 5 months

SIZE 12,000 Sq. Ft. 

SCOPE Restoration 

ARCHITECT BTL Architects, Inc.