What We Do
The Conservation Center is dedicated to the long-term preservation of artworks and heirlooms. We proudly provide the highest standard of care to ensure the longevity of your collection.
A very special acknowledgement to Barry Bauman, the visionary who founded The Chicago Conservation Center more than three decades ago. In addition, the unwavering commitment of Marshall Field V is forever appreciated by Heather Becker, the staff, and our clients. Marshall's ongoing support has allowed The Center to offer over three decades of service to saving and preserving rare works of art, cultural artifacts, and personal heirlooms for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
We would also like to thank our dedicated Advisory Board members who continue to give their time and knowledge to the growth of this company. They each contribute their unique background and expertise to help The Center grow and develop over time.
The Conservation Center is a full service facility with 43 experts trained from around the world in each discipline, uniquely allowing us to treat art collections of great diversity, large or small.
Primary areas of expertise at The Conservation Center include: antiques and fine furniture, frames and gilding, murals, objects and sculpture, paintings, photographs, rare books, textiles, and works of art on paper. The Center also offers specialty services in framing and display, digital restoration, disaster response, storage, collection assessment, and transportation and installation.
Founded in 1983, The Center grew from a handful of painting conservators to more than 40 staff members with a wide range of specializations. In 2012, The Conservation Center moved from Chicago’s River North neighborhood to its new home in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor in West Town. With the help of Studio Gang Architects, we revitalized a late 19th century warehouse, previously used to store gold, into a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory.
The treatments executed in The Conservation Center’s laboratory are in compliance with the American Institute for Conservation Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. When conserving a piece, our goal is to preserve the artist’s original intent by using non-invasive and reversible techniques, utilizing archival-grade materials; thus forming our treatment philosophy: less is more.