University of Chicago, Chicago IL


5640 S University Ave, Chicago IL (Bartlett Commons, University of Chicago)

Scope of work:

Stair Mock-Up and Restoration, Masonry Cleaning

Project description:

The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois and was built in 1890. It holds top-ten positions in various national and international rankings.
The University’s first buildings were modeled after the English Gothic architectural style used at Oxford, complete with towers, spires, cloisters, and grotesques. The campus landscape was shaped by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s designs for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which was just a short walk from where the University held its first classes.
The Bartlett Dining Commons of University of Chicago underwent some changes: cleaning: we cleaned slate foyer stairs and neutralized salts; repairing: we repaired the 9” long void at the far south stair tread nosing with custom matched stone patching mortar (GB15 Granite and Bluestone Repair Mortar); consulting: for future protection we suggested install a sacrificial coating over entire slate segment of stair to protect from full exposure of deicing salts.