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.

 

Bradley University

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.

 

Unity Temple Documentary

 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

 

Belleville Ambo

Project Overview

Heritage was asked to review a collection of historic millwork and design a new pulpit and bishop’s canopy around the historic components. The 100 year old millwork was in need of stripping and refinishing. The wood components needed to be blended in with new wood components in a manner in which they were allowed to stand out on their own. The original millwork was very dry and brittle and required special processes to rejuvinate the wood components without creating splits and warping material. HRD suspended a wooden cross weighing 250 pounds across a 75 foot expanse at 35 feet in the air. Heritage manufactured a set of custom wood candlesticks with built in historic wood statuary.

 

Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Project Overview

Heritage Restoration and Design Studio's first interaction with Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church was when they became the unfortunate victims of a series of vandalisms. Through the restoration of these destroyed artifacts, Heritage was asked to design a series of church furnishings to better utilize the existing space. The furnishings design had to incorporate the traditional orders of architecture with influences from local and French traditions of the area.


 

Unity Temple Sanctuary

Project Overview

Heritage Restoration was invited to bid and participate in the restoration of Unity Temple, designed by world renowned architect Frank Loyd Wright. This famous building is on several historic registers and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site applicant. It was Heritage Restoration's responsibility to restore all of the historic millwork in this building and replicate any missing components as needed.

 

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