Restoration Project – Chicago Cultural Center Pavers

Project Description:

The Grand Army of the Republic Hall was built in 1870 inside what is today the Chicago Cultural Center. The city undertook an extensive restoration project to return the hall to its original glory. This included the stained glass skylight high above in the rotunda and the original cast glass pavers below in the floor designed to allow daylight into the space below. LGS was sought out by the architect to replicate the original pavers to replace many that were damaged over the years. Thru a painstaking process combining color, texture and finish LGS produced samples for approval. The result was a successful handcrafted glass block installed by Berglund’s restoration team. Click the links below for more project details, images and videos.

GAR Reopening Video

GAR Historical Video

Product Used:

  • GAR Hall Rotunda Floor Pavers – Hand Formed Kiln Cast Glass; historical period color, texture & finish


Harboe Architects

Restoration Contractor:

Berglund Construction – Project Link


City of Chicago – Chicago Cultural Center / GAR Hall

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