Chicago Cultural Center Domes Restoration

Open / Close

Awards

  • 2009 Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Merit Award
    Chicago Architecture Foundation Patron of the Year Award
    2009 AIA Illinois Crombie Taylor Award
  • 2008 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation
    Midwest Construction Best of 2008
    Renovation/Restoration Project of the Year

Located in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, the world’s largest Tiffany dome was restored to the highest conservation standards, and the cast iron frame was cleaned and restored to its original gilded finish. The original glass of the outer dome had been replaced with concrete panels in 1935. Many years after the Cultural Center was built, the translucent dome was replaced by one made of concrete blocks and covered with copper.

It was then necessary to install lighting behind the art glass so it could be viewed. The new skylight utilizes the original steel structure and restores natural light to illuminate the Tiffany glass.