Restoration begins at Mies van der Rohe’s
860 – 880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments

Looking for cracks in the travertine in the lobby to see which stones will need to be replaced is Douglas Gilbert, AIA of Harboe Architects, restoration specialists.

Most of the interior travertine is original, with a nice decades-old patina on it. We’ll powerwash it all and replace what needs to be replaced. This must be done, but it’s sad to see the evidence of time passed washed away, (I remember Chartres before and after a restoration; it had more character before.) And we’ll have to remove many stones that Mies himself selected. Here’s the grid for the travertine in the lobby.

In a building like this, in which the senses are heightened, each stone is different.

And of course, most important is the tone of the ensemble.

It’s the same story you read on the facade. Individual units, each slightly different, all with much in common, and connected into an artistic whole.


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