Grace Lutheran Church
Bell Tower Restoration
From hand-carved limestone ornamentation to the installation of a new copper roof, Berglund completely restored the entire bell tower structure and church’s main entrance.
  • Project Type
    • Restoration
  • Status
  • Delivery Method
    • Design-Build
  • Location
    • River Forest, IL
  • Duration
    • 8 Months

Project Overview

Designed by the noted architectural firm of Tallmadge and Watson, Grace Lutheran Church was dedicated in 1931. The building is an Art Deco adaptation of English Gothic style. Short-term repairs could no longer support the limestone bell tower; It required a complete restoration. 

Berglund undertook the restoration of the entire bell tower structure and main entrance elevation of the church. The masonry-bearing structure is comprised of ornate Indiana limestone including back-up brick masonry. Berglund cleaned all the stone, reset over 750 stone units and replaced over 200 others. 

The work continued with ornate limestone dutchmen fabrication and installation, on-site hand carving of limestone ornamentation, stone patching, tuck pointing, structural concrete foundation repairs, a new concrete entrance and the installation of a new copper roof and interior tower access ladder.