Museum of Science and Industry Envelope Restoration
As the gateway to the proposed Obama Presidential Center, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) embarked on a significant restoration project not only as a good steward of the building but to also welcome their new neighbor to the south. The project builds upon previous repairs and completes the exterior restoration of the monumental Columbian Exposition structure. The restoration includes: cast iron window framing, copper roofing, painted cast iron doors and grilles, decorative limestone cladding, parapets, sculptural limestone, and terra cotta elements of the central pavilion; wings linking the east and west pavilions; and the entirety of the east and west pavilions, comprised of its Greek cross clerestory and dome drum; rebuilding of 3 monumental stairs and limestone-clad cheek walls. Beyond the historic materials, repairs to the 1991 entrance sequence are being addressed including removal and reconfiguration of entry kiosks storefront systems, repairs to planter walls as well as repairs to adjacent concrete walks and parking structure retaining walls. As the Preservation Architect, AltusWorks performed a detailed assessment of the conditions, prepared detailed technical documents, and collaborated with an esteemed restoration contractor, Berglund Construction, in execution of the work.
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