Disaster Response

The Conservation Center’s Disaster Response team provides expert rescue services nationwide. We have extensive experience assisting with fires, floods, and natural disasters.


The Conservation Center has always been an industry leader in rescuing art, heirlooms, and antiques after disastrous situations such as water, mold, or fire.With over 30 years of experience caring for individual, private, and public collections, The Center is the first call for those in need of immediate response to art emergencies.


The Conservation Center’s 24-hour response team was on the ground after some of the most devastating disasters in recent history—saving thousands of priceless art and objects in the process. Some of these events include:

Hurricane Sandy, New York, NY (2012): The Center's onsite crews in New York City carefully removed and triaged over 2,000 works of art in order to mitigate additional damage to businesses and homeowners. Artworks from galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood were transported back to Chicago for care. Click here to read press coverage.

Tennessee Floods, Nashville, TN (2010): Triaged, inventoried, and treated 100 items damaged by flood waters at the Grand Ole Opry Museum. Range of items includes furniture, collectibles, country music memorabilia, and the Opry's backdrop. Click here to read press coverage.

Flooding of the Cedar River, various locations, IA (2008): responded to widespread flood damage caused across Iowa during the summer of 2008, recovering over 7,000 items from museums, universities, institutions, and private collections. Click here to read press coverage.

California Wildfires, Rancho Santa Fe, CA (2007): Responded to the damage of private art collections at residences affected by wildfires in Southern California, treating approximately 200 items onsite.

Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, LA (2005): recovered over 5,000 items from art museums, universities, institutions, and private collections; staff conservators worked on-site for 3 months following the disaster to treat pieces damaged by the storm. Click here to read press coverage.

LaSalle Bank fire, Chicago, IL (2004): recovered over 1,000 items from a major fire in a historic bank building in downtown Chicago. Fire loss involved a large and significant corporate photography collection. Click here to read press coverage.