WHS Reading Room

Studio GlassWorks replaced the ceiling glass as part of the Wisconsin Historical Society Reading Room restoration project. The glass was hand created with the same tradition and methods used by European Artisans in past centuries. Designs were created using photographs of the original glass designs.

The restoration project was submitted by Isthmus Architecture, and won the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Award for excellence. The annual design award places emphasis on public and eduction structures, as well as projects that honor historic buildings. The elegant reading room was transformed into a 21st-century study center while retaining it’s turn-of-the-20th-century character.

The jurors stated in their collective comments that “our favorite part is the restoration of the skylights and the ceiling. The care taken with those skylights was extraordinary – it’s a spectacular ceiling.”

A note about the Wisconsin Historical Society Building – it is the oldest continually operated state building in Wisconsin.

Studio GlassWorks combined efforts with KD-Glass, Findorff and Isthmus Architects on this restoration project for the Wisconsin Historical Society.


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