At The Center, we treat items of great worth, historical artistic significance and shared cultural value. But perhaps some the most rewarding work we do is in preserving family heirlooms. These items very greatly from paintings to furniture and can be extremely valuable or purely sentimental, but all hold stories with meaning to the owners. We feel honored to assist families with preserving these items for future generations, and allowing their stories to carry on, and would like to share a recent story from one of our clients.
The Conservation Center is pleased to announce the addition of Aaron Baker to our executive team as Vice President of Client Development. Before joining The Center, Baker served as Curator and Director of Business Development for Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
To kick off the new year, we held an art competition amongst our talented staff this January. The only parameter was to incorporate the theme of conservation, whether comical or serious. We are proud to share the winning entry from Art Handler Alfredo Garcia!
This past month, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Eastern seaboard leaving homes and businesses severely damaged, and basements, storage spaces, and first floors flooded by water. In some areas, the water line reached nearly five feet. The Conservation Center was called onsite to New York City on October 29th, where we assisted both businesses and home owners with damaged art, heirlooms, and unique items affected by the flood waters. The Center's onsite crews worked to carefully remove and triage over two thousand works of art in order to mitigate additional damage.
The Glessner House Museum is a significant fixture in Chicago's rich architectural landscape. The home, belonging to john and Frances Glessner, was designed by celebrated American architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886) and his only remaining commission in Chicago today.