Museum of Science and Industry Envelope Restoration
As the gateway to the Obama Presidential Center, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) recently embarked on a significant restoration project in order to welcome their new neighbor to the south. The project includes restoration of MSI’s decorative limestone cladding, parapets and sculptural limestone and terra cotta elements of the south elevations of the central pavilion, wings linking the east and west pavilions, as well as a significant portion of the east pavilion itself, including its Greek cross clerestory and dome drum, as well as the rebuilding of three monumental stairs and restoration of their limestone-clad cheek walls. As the Preservation Architect for the project, AltusWorks performed a detailed assessment of the materials’ conditions, prepared detailed technical documents and collaborated with an esteemed restoration contractor in execution of the work. This major project for MSI tackles different and overlapping areas of the museum’s complex, builds upon previous repairs, and completes the exterior restoration of the monumental Columbian Exposition structure.