Illinois State Capitol - Room 400
EverGreene has completed multiple project throughout the Illinois State Capitol, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We were engaged to complete conservation services and restore lost paint in Room 400 (formerly known as the Hall of Flags) of this landmark building. The project began with a historic paint study and plaster conservation study. After presenting our results in a comprehensive report, we created maquettes and color samples of a proposed decorative scheme.
We reinstated historic decorative scheme in the third-floor rotunda area and fourth-floor corridors. Our decorative painting work included hand-painted swag and ornament panels, painted faux marble, stenciling, lining, glazing, and gilding. We also conserved three portrait murals depicting Lincoln, Grant, and a Union Civil War Soldier. The conservation process included written and photographic documentation and multiple treatments, which encompassed the following processes:
- Emergency stabilization of flaking paint
- Severe consolidation of plaster substrate
- Surface cleaning
- Minimal infill in areas of loss with reversible restoration paints