Conservation and Restoration of Fine Furniture and Objects
Architectural Restoration
Architectural restoration
Art Deco elevator cab within Chicago’s Powhatan Apartments after restoration by Bernacki & Associates

Illinois Institute of Technology, Carr memorial Chapel
Detail from Bernacki & Associates’ work on the Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel, a unique Chicago landmark designed by Mies van der Rohe and built in 1952

Lane Tech library sculpture
WPA-era wall panel sculpture, designed and carved by Peter paul Ott in 1936, located at Chicago’s Albert Lane Technical High School

Chicago's Blackstone Memorial Library gilt plaster restoration
Gold leaf is applied to damaged areas of gilt plaster at Chicago's Blackstone Memorial Library (image courtesy of Parma Conservation, Ltd.)

Architectural restoration or preservation includes any building-related feature vital to the overall effect of an architectural space. Examples consist of practical building elements - like doors, window frames, rails, moldings, beams, or elevators - to aesthetic additions, for example: built-in sculpture, benches, or specific finishes. Preservation protects these building additions and, subsequently, contributes to the overall longevity and aesthetic of the building itself.

Architectural spaces require and demand the same level of historical accuracy and attention to detail as fine art or furniture. Along with an in-house team specifically skilled in treatment of architectural elements, Bernacki & Associates works with architects, builders, preservation groups, and interior designers for the most comprehensive results possible. Prior project range comprise of simple veneered wall panels to elaborately gilded high-light plaster relief.

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