TCC Restores a Treasured Cliff Dwellers’ Painting

TCC Restores a Treasured Cliff Dwellers’ Painting

John Warner Norton, a charter member of The Cliff Dwellers, became one of the most accomplished and sought-after muralists in Chicago and across the United States by 1920. Earlier, however, in 1910 as Norton’s career and The Cliff Dwellers were both newly beginning, one of his first commissions titled "Navaho" became one of the private club’s earliest acquisitions of art. "Navaho" was recently conserved by The Conservation Center.

Before & After Stories

Before & After Stories

These images speak for themselves! Check out some recent items to come through the doors of The Conservation Center, how they looked by the time they left, and the stories behind the artwork.

The Historic Murals of Winchester Lodge

The Historic Murals of Winchester Lodge

Winchester Hiram Lodge, N. 21, A.F. & A.M. in Winchester, Virginia, contains an extraordinary lodge room with murals on all four walls and the ceiling. These murals were painted in 1868 by Mr. Ango from the Peabody Institute of Baltimore in the fresco secco style, and depict images important to the Mason tradition. Surrounding these images are trompe l’oeil painted elements making the room look full of columns and marble panels. The ceiling is also painted with images and has a small dome in the center.

The Conservation Center's Services During EXPO CHICAGO

The Conservation Center's Services During EXPO CHICAGO

The Conservation Center is proud to announce we will once again be serving as the fine art conservators for EXPO CHICAGO 2013. Please mark your calendars for September 19th-22nd 2013 for The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art in Chicago located at Navy Pier. 

The Wabash YMCA

The Wabash YMCA

The Wabash YMCA, listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places, has had both a colorful and difficult past. Located in the historic Bronzeville district, the structure was originally built in 1913. During its heyday, from the ’20s to the ’40s, the Y served the basic needs of the black community during the Great Migration, the movement bringing African-American workers from the South to Chicago and other northern cities.

Unique Mural Treatment: Lucy Flower High School

Unique Mural Treatment: Lucy Flower High School

The Lucy Flower High School houses Edward Millman’s 1940 “Outstanding American Women” WPA fresco. The H. 9′ X W. 54′ mural depicts scenes from the lives of Lucy Flower, Grace Abbott, Frances Perkins, Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Clara Barton. In 1941, one year after its completion, the mural was painted over with two layers of paint, one red calcimine layer and one layer of white oil paint.

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