Seventy years of periodic flooding, freeze-and-thaw cycles, weathering and use have caused the travertine stone paving to deteriorate. Over 80% of the stone is now fractured beyond repair and must now be replaced – with thicker pieces that have been carefully-matched to the original.
Working with preservation architecture and engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., the project has been designed to improve drainage and durability and includes:
- Removing all existing travertine and storing salvageable material for future work on the Upper Terrace
- Removing all travertine treads and landing from the upper stairs between the Lower & Upper terraces
- Removing the deteriorated gravel drainage layer and asphaltic covering
- Removing and preserving the precast concrete planks
- Preparing and coating the steel structure
- Reinstalling the precast concrete planks, anticipating a few replacements
- Installing a new drainage system including more drains, stone ballast, woven geotextile separation
- Installing new, thicker travertine with slightly wider joints to better accommodate movement and allow for maintenance
- Coating all exposed steel with high performance coating system to prevent corrosion and provide long term color and gloss retention
- Restoring all site disturbance from construction access
All donors of $50 or more will be recognized in our upcoming newsletters and will receive a journal and Edith Farnsworth House souvenir.
All donors of $100 or more will receive TWO custom-imprint Edith Farnsworth House face masks and will be recognized on the Donor Wall in the Visitor Center, starting in July, 2021.
All Donors of $250 or more will receive TWO custom-imprint Edith Farnsworth House face masks and a copy of
Baldwin Kingrey: Midcentury Modern in Chicago 1947-1957 in our Edith Quote Grocery Tote – and will be recognized on the Donor Wall in the Visitor Center, starting in July, 2021.
Premium Donors will receive these recognitions PLUS:
Stone Quarrier (Gifts of $500 or more): a limited-edition, frame-worthy, 8×10″, color photograph of the Edith Farnsworth House, signed and numbered by the photographer, William Zbaren;
Stone Cutter (Gifts of $1000 or more): the 8×10” photo and a copy of Broken Glass, a new historical novel about the Edith Farnsworth House, autographed by the author, Alex Beam;
Apprentice Stonemason (Gifts of $2000 or more): the 8×10” photo, autographed copy of Broken Glass, and a 3×5” travertine paperweight engraved with the Edith Farnsworth House logo and your name;
Journeyman Stonemason (Gifts of $5000 or more): the 8×10” photo, autographed copy of Broken Glass, 4×5” engraved travertine paperweight, and a private tour for up to 12 guests (subject to applicable COVID-19 regulations at the time of event);
Master Mason (Gifts of $10,000 or more): all of the above plus a 90-minute private party on the completed lower terrace, for up to 50 guests (beer, wine, soft drinks and appetizers – subject to applicable Covid-19 regulations at the time of event)
ALL donors will receive written recognition of their gift for tax purposes.
Please help make this long-awaited restoration project a reality by clicking the link below. If you have questions, please contact Edith Farnsworth House Executive Director Scott Mehaffey at 630-273-7055.