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Preservation Project of the Year
Illinois State Capitol – Legislative Chambers Restoration




Attributed to architect Alfred Piquenard and completed in 1887, the current capitol building features third floor House and Senate chambers in the south and north wings, respectively. Interior renovations during the 1940s and `70s destroyed or obscured much of the chambers’ Victorian details, the extent of which was discovered through historic photographs and on-site investigation.

Between 2005 and 2007, the project team preserved, restored and reconstructed all aspects of the chambers. Modern mechanical, A/V and electronic voting systems were installed, followed by a top-to-bottom renovation of period finishes. An elaborate stained glass window was reconstructed in the ceiling of the House chambers. Plaster moldings, wood paneling and wall finishes were restored. New member desks were designed for each chamber and carpets based on historic patterns were replicated by a British mill. The jury called the restoration “a national model for other states.”







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