Heritage Restoration has been accepted as the historic restoration contractor to restore Reddick Mansion in Ottowa, Illinois. This home, built in 1858, is one of the largest private residences in Illinois that predate the civil war. The first Lincoln-Douglas debate was viewed from its galleries. This exterior restoration will consist of the refinishing the over eighty window panels, cleaning of the historic glass, and abating of the lead paint.
One of Heritage’s recent restoration sites received an award. The Natural History Building of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, one of the world’s premiere green rating programs. Gold status attests that the renovation was conducted in a manner that placed a focus on environmental conservation. To prevent pollution renewable materials were utilized, in addition to the 76% of the construction waste that was recycled.
Heritage is happy to announce that we are an EPA Certified Lead Safe Firm. To achieve this classification for lead abatement, members of Heritage's staff have certified themselves in Right Renovate Lead Abatement Practices. This national certification requires that our workmen follow strict practices to identify lead based coatings, then contain and remove them safely.
Upon successful completion of the restoration of Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, several news agencies have taken notice of Heritage’s restoration efforts. In particular, the Alma Mater of Heritage Restoration and Design Studio’s CEO.
Heritage is pleased to report that one of our recent projects has been featured on both WMBD News and the Peoria Journal Star. An antique marble statue at the historic Springdale Cemetery had been vandalized. The outstretched hand of Jesus giving His Sermon on the Mount had been taken and, to date, has not been found. The Springdale Historic Preservation Foundation reached out to Heritage Restoration to repair the statue and carve a new hand.
New Unity Temple Web Series
Our video staff was at the jobsite several times during the course of this 2 year venture and collected considerable content. In the videos you will see a snapshot of the effort and countless man hours that went in to the restoration of this national landmark.
"It is our pleasure to share this unique insight into the Unity Temple restoration project. The staff at Heritage hopes that you find these videos to be informative. Enjoy!” Joseph Berlinger, Web Marketing and Video Manager
With great joy, Heritage Restoration and Design Studio and the renovation teams at Unity Temple are proud to announce that we received the 2018 Docomomo "Special Award of Restoration Excellence." Throughout the past decade, the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation planned and prepared for the restoration of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in historic Oak Park, Illinois. Under the orchestration of the premier historic architects, Harboe Architects, Chicago-based Project Management Advisors and the Berglund Construction Company, restoration companies like Heritage were entrusted with the task of bringing back to life this international symbol of early modern architecture. In a testament to the restoration, the work at Unity Temple spurred the creation of the Special Award of Restoration Excellence as the newest categorical award offered by the US national chapter of Docomomo. We at Heritage Restoration are honored to be apart of this project and to receive recognition for the work we performed.