Chicago’s Gage Building Restoration Continues
Boston Valley is wrapping up the restoration of a new ornamental cartouche for Louis Sullivan’s Gage building in Chicago, Illinois. Designed by renowned architect Louis Sullivan, the Gage Building’s Art Nouveau façade is emphasized with intricate vine and ivy motifs that complement geometric patterns.
3D renderings were taken of the existing original terra cotta pieces to inform the replication of the units. Molds were made for each hand pressed unit, many of which had deep undercuts, necessitating the number of molds to complete one unit. Final units required hand finishing to bring out additional details.
The final steps in the factory involve laying out and inspecting the new ornamentation, comparing it to the original to ensure consistency. Below are some images of the layout of the new cartouche side-by-side with the original.