In our latest art project, Heritage Restoration sets about restoring a nine-foot tall oil painting from the eighteenth century. The subject matter is Sir Francis Blake Delaval of Curraghmore. Born in 1727, this Englishman lived a colorful life as a soldier, actor, and member of the British Parliament. Sir Francis was also something of a charlatan, or at least unsuccessful gambler. He died of a stroke in 1771, five years before the American War for Independence would begin.


In Brief

Heritage brought a bronze outdoor fountain to our studio for a restoration project. Our staff used chemical compounds to clean the fountain’s surface and make it presentable once again.


Project Overview

Heritage Restoration was invited to bid and participate in the restoration of the Natural History Building located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. This 1892 structure was designed by Nathan Clifford Ricker. Ricker became the first person in the United States of America to receive an architecture degree. The Natural History Building was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Heritage Restoration was responsible for restoring the majority of the woodwork in this building, as well as recreating a missing four-story staircase.


Unity Temple Documentary

Restoring the Natural History Building Web Series

Between the years 2016 and 2018, Heritage Restoration refinished thousands of feet of both millwork and doors for the Ricker Natural History Building in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. We also recreated a missing four story staircase as an exact copy of its original design. Using footage taken during the project, Heritage’s staff has gone back and prepared a series of short videos to show a behind-the-scenes look at this historic restoration.



A church in central Illinois recently underwent a large renovation. As part of this project, Heritage designed and created three new stained glass windows and installed them into the church cry room.



In this project, Heritage hunts for a rare replacement glass panel for a decades-old lampshade.


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