Bernacki & Associates Inc. is one of Chicago’s most respected conservation and restoration firms specializing in period and contemporary fine furniture, objects, historic millwork and architectural elements. Established 30 years ago, Bernacki & Associates has become renowned both locally and nationwide as a comprehensive conservation and restoration resource. Clients include museums, antique and art dealers, private collectors, designers, insurance claims specialists, and discerning art-owners.

Bernacki & Associates, Inc. is a founding member of Conservation & Design International and active part of DPR Art Rescue a 24-hour nationwide emergency service for artwork, sculpture, works on paper, murals, objects, gilt objects and frames, antique and fine furniture.

All work completed by Bernacki & Associates, Inc. is strictly documented and performed in accordance to the standards of the AIC code of ethics.


Selected Bernacki & Associates projects include:

  • The Farnsworth House (Plano, Illinois, designed by Mies van der Rohe, 1951). | Furniture restoration performed after the 1997 Fox River flood.

  • The Blackstone Memorial Library (Chicago, Illinois, built in 1903). | Restoration of cupola ornamental gilt plaster.

  • Nelda C. and H.J. Luther Stark Foundation (Orange, Texas). Assessment and Treatment Design for museum collection and interiors damaged in Hurricane Katrina.

  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). | Conservation services for wooden objects damaged by flooding.

  • Iowa University Museum of Art (Iowa City, Iowa). | Security and emergency evacuation of art objects during 2008 Iowa flood.

  • Chicago Public Schools, Lane Tech High School (Chicago, Illinois). | Conservation of 12 mahogany relief sculpture panels by Peter Paul Ott, created for the Work Progress Administration (1931).

  • Chicago Sinai Congregation (Chicago, Illinois). | Structural repair and conservation of Frieze of Prophets, sculptural relief panels (circa 1912).

  • Ten Chimneys Foundation (Genesee Depot, Wisconsin, designed by Alfred Lunt, 1913). | Conservation of museum furniture collection.

  • Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior (Chicago, Illinois, designed by Mies van der Rohe, 1949 - 1952). | Restoration of veneered wall panels, trims, doors and benches.

  • GSA Chicago Loop Post Office (designed by Mies van der Rohe, completed in 1974). | Restoration of veneered wall panels, trims, doors and associated woodwork.

  • The Richard H. Driehaus Museum (Chicago, Illinois). | Conservation of museum furniture collection.

  • The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (Chicago, Illinois). | Conservation of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini’s furniture and objects collection, and display cases fabrication.

 CHICAGO – The City of Chicago is home to many specialty businesses, but few businesses are as specialized as Bernacki & Associates, Inc. Founded by owner Stan Bernacki on July 4, 1988, the company’s focus is squarely centered upon the restoration and conservation of fine antique furniture, upholstery, artwork, clocks, artifacts, sculpture, frames, family heirlooms, and historic millwork.   Serving a Varied Clientelle   Bernacki and his team of specialists also design and build custom furniture and interiors. His variety of clients include museums, antique and art dealers, interior designers, architects, insurance claims specialists and private collectors.  From its humble beginnings in a garage near the corners of Ogden and Grand Avenues, Bernacki & Associates quickly flourished and just four years later relocated operations to a larger and more modern facility at 424 North Oakley Boulevard in Chicago. Over 20,000 square feet of modern space comfortably accommodates ample workspace for his skilled artisans, conservators, gilders, upholsterers, framers, and wood carvers.   Read full story...

CHICAGO – The City of Chicago is home to many specialty businesses, but few businesses are as specialized as Bernacki & Associates, Inc. Founded by owner Stan Bernacki on July 4, 1988, the company’s focus is squarely centered upon the restoration and conservation of fine antique furniture, upholstery, artwork, clocks, artifacts, sculpture, frames, family heirlooms, and historic millwork.

Serving a Varied Clientelle

Bernacki and his team of specialists also design and build custom furniture and interiors. His variety of clients include museums, antique and art dealers, interior designers, architects, insurance claims specialists and private collectors.

From its humble beginnings in a garage near the corners of Ogden and Grand Avenues, Bernacki & Associates quickly flourished and just four years later relocated operations to a larger and more modern facility at 424 North Oakley Boulevard in Chicago. Over 20,000 square feet of modern space comfortably accommodates ample workspace for his skilled artisans, conservators, gilders, upholsterers, framers, and wood carvers.

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