Steel Window Restoration, Detroit, Michigan

The DIA houses one of the most vast and significant art collections in the United Sates. With over 100 galleries spanning 658,000 square feet, the DIA truly is an iconic piece of Detroit’s Historic District.

The building was designed by Paul Philippe Cret, following the Beaux Arts style and constructed in the late 1920s. The main structure is encompassed by north and south wings with white marble as the main exterior material for the entire structure. The building is part of Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. BlackBerry performed steel restoration and re-glazing of the gallery windows.

This project entailed deglazing the windows, field stripping and abatement of all painted surfaces. All pieces were meticulously cataloged and organized before restoration occurred. Epoxy work was required for surface corrosion and windows were then primed, painted and re-glazed with tinted laminated glass.

The finished work provides a stunning preservation of the original cast iron ornamental work as well as improving energy efficiency and thermal performance.

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