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Final phase of restoration is now underway. Expected completion is late Spring 2014.

Final phase of restoration is now underway. Expected completion is late Spring 2014.

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January 2014,  East Chicago Harbor Carnegie Library Restoration January 2014, East Chicago Harbor Carnegie Library Restoration Presentation Transcript

  • East Chicago Harbor Carnegie Library Restoration VRA Architects, Inc. 1018 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068 James D. Smith, AIA Principal/Project Architect 03/09/10 Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Andrew Carnegie’s Gift
    • Andrew Carnegie funded 2,509 libraries between 1883 and 1929
    • 165 were built in Indiana, more than any other state.
    • East Chicago was the only city in Indiana granted two buildings
    • Half of the buildings still serve as libraries.
    • Of the remainder, half serve another use. Sadly the rest have been demolished.
    • See “Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegies Gift to Indiana” by Alan McPherson for more information
    Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Andrew Carnegie’s Gift to East Chicago
    • In 1913, East Chicago applied for and received two building grants.
    • Both buildings were constructed at the same time.
    • The Harbor branch was expanded in 1931 and was in continuous operation until the 1970’s. Since then it has remained vacant.
    Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Post Card images of the original 1913 Branch Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Looking southeast from Grand Blvd.
  • Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Looking northeast from Grand Blvd .
  • Architectural Plans
    • Original architectural drawings are always welcome to a restoration project.
    • Drawings of the 1913 section of the building were never preserved, but the 1931 addition designed by Karl Norris of East Chicago were kept at the main branch.
    Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Title Sheet Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Elevations-Sections Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Sections-Details Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Basement Plan Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Interior Photo
    • Few photos exist of the original building interior. The following photo, taken in the 1950’s shows the original 1913 main entrance and circulation desk. Note the beamed ceiling and the two fireplaces, which will be restored.
    Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Interior – ca. 1950 Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
    • Compare the last photo to the following interior view taken last year, showing what thirty years of neglect and exposure to the elements will do to what is still an architectural treasure.
    Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Interior view– 2009
  • Interior Restoration: Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana The main book stack area at the far east of the “new” addition has experienced the least amount of damage. The ceiling plaster detail is intact. The shabby appearance is only peeling paint. This portion of the building will be helpful as a model for design of the interior restoration.
  • Interior Restoration Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana In the 1931 addition, plaster detail cornices from The Decorators Supply Company, in Chicago were used. The company is still in existence and the same designs are available for our restoration work
  • Interior Restoration Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Interior detail section from 1931 addition drawings showing the Decorators Supply Catalog numbers
  • Exterior Condition ca. 1963 Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Exterior Condition -2007 Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • 2007 Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Saving the Carnegie - Timeline
    • 2001 - Long time East Chicago residents form a not for profit organization to save the library building.
    • 2002 - Architect hired, City government takes interest and helps with finances and City services..
    • 2003-6 - Organization gathers support and determines program for reuse of the building as a performing arts center. Conceptual drawings are prepared. Budget determined for the performing art center is $3,700,000.00. City resources are not sufficient to make significant advances on restoration.
    • 2006 - Building is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    • 2007- Professional fund raising makes the dream possible. Bid documents prepared for the first phase of restoration – New tile roofing.
    • 2008 - Work completed on the roofing phase. Work is underway for phase two – Interior demolition and restoration of all exterior masonry and windows.
    • 2009 Exterior work to be completed and Interior restoration to be underway Summer of 2009
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  • Conceptual Rendering Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • National Register of Historic Places
    • Building receives the honor in 2006. A ceremony to dedicate the plaque was held in the fall of 2007
    Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • First Phase of Restoration
    • Bids were taken in late 2007 and work is now completed for the replacement of clay tile roofing. Restoration included replacing the damaged clay tile with matching units, wood decking, new copper flashing and damaged masonry. Masonry work at this stage is only to allow the roofing to be secure. Full restoration of the brick and stone and windows will be done by mid-2009.
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  • Work in progress Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Contractor setting up for roof restoration
  • Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana The roof tile is extensively damaged as is some of the underlying wood deck, however, damage is limited and does not affect the main carrying structure.
  • Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Roof Restoration Startup Replacement of damaged roof deck Detail view of tile and wood deck deterioration
  • Roof Tile Replacement Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Tile Replacement Progress April, 2009 Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Interior Demolition Begins
    • Selective demolition contract has been completed. All damaged interior materials that cannot be restored are removed. The purpose of this demolition is two fold: we are able to evaluate the underlying building structure for damage as well as prepare the way for the final interior build out which will start the summer of 2009. Photos below show the demolition in progress
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  • Interior Demolition Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana We have determined that the existing structural walls and roof framing have no significant damage and will be suitable for the proposed restoration
  • Phase Three, Exterior Restoration Underway at this time Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana All wood windows have been removed and are being restored. The sash was in very good condition and only a few trim items and glazing be replaced. New wood storm windows will be provided to protect the restored windows as well as offer insulation. Existing sash Existing 4’x8’ double hung window. Among those now being restored Basement window opening. Window removed for restoration. Jamb framing is being restored in place. Remaining interior trim is to be restored and re-installed . Existing trim to be used as template for missing trim
  • Brick Cleaning and Restoration Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Brick mortar matching samples Brick Cleaning in Progress Masons grinding mortar joints in preparation for tuck pointing Damaged or missing brick and deteriorated lintels are being replaced.
  • Foundation Has been excavated for inspection and repair and application of waterproofing. Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Insulation and footing drains have been installed along with the water proofing. Final Coat of Waterproofing membrane Existing Foundation Wall Has Been Exposed, Inspected And Repaired As Necessary Back Filling After All Waterproofing, Repair and Insulation are Complete Damaged Foundation Wall Has Been repaired.
  • New Stairs and ADA Ramp Under Construction. Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Northwest Stair Being Removed. New Stair Will Replace the Badly Deteriorated Existing Stair. Formwork Preparation for New East Exit Stair From Performance Hall Two Views Of Foundation For New ADA Ramp at West Entrance.
  • New Stairs and ADA Ramp Under Construction. Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Northwest Stair has been replaced with new concrete stair and matching stone. New East Exit Stair From Performance Hall and basement nearing completion Sample of Decorative stair railing. Installation nearing completion Two Views Of New ADA Ramp at West Entrance nearing completion.
  • Rebuilding Chimneys. Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana South chimney nearing completion. Masonry was taken down and restored from parapet up. The two west chimneys have been restored from roof line to top. All original detail has been restored.
  • Overall View Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana Overall View of building looking northeast. Windows and storm windows nearing completion. Copper gutters and downspouts nearing completion
  • Procedures – Final Phase of Restoration
    • Conceptual Floor Plans for the Performing Arts Center
    • The final phase of work includes all new interior partitions, finishes, heating ventilation and plumbing, new lighting and furnishings
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  • Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Building Elevation/Section Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Building Elevation/Section Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • Building Elevation/Section Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana
  • New Metal Fence Elevations Carnegie Performing Arts Center, East Chicago Indiana