19th Century Relic Turned Modern Marvel

Illinois State Capitol Receives A National AIA Award

We are thrilled to announce that the Illinois State Capitol West Wing Restoration has won a National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture! In addition to being recognized by AIA, the restoration of the Illinois State Capitol West Wing also received the Driehaus Award from Landmarks Illinois. Earlier phases of the Capitol restoration, in which EverGreene was involved, have received awards from AIA Chicago and Illinois State Preservation among others.

Designed by Alfred Piquenard between 1868 and 1888, the Capitol represents the zenith of Second Empire design in the state. EverGreene studied the original designs and conducted finishes investigations throughout the the Capitol. Our craftsmen and conservators reinstated the historic decorative scheme in Room 309, the grand stair and public corridors. Our work included reinstating hand painted decoration, faux marbling, stenciling, gilding and glazing. Conservators also restored the historic Fuchs mural in the grand staircase and scagliola in the first floor lobby. The restoration, completed in 2013, marks the end of the second phase of a comprehensive renovation program. Vinci Hamp, of Chicago, were the architects & interior designers.

From the AIA Jury: “This sensitive restoration seamlessly integrates modern building technologies and reestablishes the elegance of the original 19th-century building.”