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Vitrolite in the Headlines

Hoover Dam is latest job for St. Louis' Vitrolite Man
Tim Dunn restores the Vitrolite walls of the Hoover Dam's restrooms

Glimmers of History
Exterior of Bert's downtown drugstore back in high shine (Hastings, NE)

Early Vitrolite Corner Signs are Bringing New Collectors
Check out this article on Vitrolite from the September 2, 2013 issue of Antique Week featuring Vitrolite Specialist's Tim Dunn.

Coastland Apartments
The Vitrolite Specialist restores the bathrooms of this apartment building on the south side of Chicago.

Vitrolite Man Visits Ottawa
Tim Dunn restores the facade of a building on West Madison street in Ottawa, Illinois.

Owner Keeps Vintage Look for Local Building
Tim Dunn and crew restore the Vitrolite paneling on the Stumpp Building in downtown Mt. Vernon, IL.

Grand Theatre
Tim and Hank install a Vitrolite facade on the Grand Theatre in Grand Island. This is the largest Vitrolite installation since the 1950s!

Charleston Diner
Tim restores the Vitrolite facade of the Quarrier Diner in Charleston, West Virginia.

St. Louis Bathroom
Tim reinstalls a customer's Vitrolite in their newly renovated bathroom.

Apollo Theatre
The glass facade of this Oberlin theater is restored by Vitrolite Specialist.

Chicago Home
Tim Dunn restores the Vitrolite around a fireplace in Sherry Wiesman's Chicago home.

Alhambra Theater
Vitrolite replaced in the vestibule of the Alhambra Theater in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Maplewood Home
Tim Dunn installs Vitrolite in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room of a home in Maplewood, Missouri.

Hamilton's Storefront
Tim Dunn repairs damage to 80-Year-Old Black Glass on Storefront of Hamilton's in Brownwood, Texas.

Artcraft Theatre
The Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana was restored with various Vitrolite techniques by Tim Dunn.

The Future Antiques
South Saint Louis storefront remodeled with Vitrolite.

New Use for an Old Tile
Tim Dunn restores a home in Ladue, MO.

Pieces of the Past
Tim Dunn restores storefronts in Palestine, TX.

Makeover Aims to Light up Downtown
Tim Dunn restores the Zoe Theater in Pittsfield, IL.

Vitrolite finds itself once again in demand – an article from the Kansas City Star.

Rivoli Theatre
Tim Dunn in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, restoring the Vitrolite on the Rivoli Theatre.

Glass Rejuvenated at Former Gibson Building
Tim Dunn in Appleton, Wisconsin, working on the former Gibson building.

Vitrolite Needed for Deco Theater Refurb
Vitrolite restoration of the Augusta Historic Theatre.

Visiting Specialist Fixes Old-Style Glass
Tim in Mt. Vernon, Il.

Vitrolite: Glass and class of the past Art glass of yesteryear offers a beautiful choice....

The Oman of Vitrolite All about Tim Dunn's work with pigmented structural glass from the Old House Web....

A Modern-Day Vitrolite Mine by Edelene Wood West Virginia's Parkersburg-Vienna area was a well-known source of world famous Vitrolite glass manufacturers in the decades of 1907-1937....

Vitrolite Man Vitrolite, that opaque glass tile common in fine St. Louis ....

Gala at Gem Theatre Marks Cultural Renaissance The Gem's red and gold marquee, standing tough in defiance of decades of decay, was alive again...

Ritz Theater Director Travels West to Gather Ideas for Talladega Antique Talladega Executive Director George Culver has just returned from a four-week, 5,600-mile driving tour....

Luck Helps Man Find Microniche If you'd ask Tim Dunn to fill out a survey stating his profession, he'd have a problem.  You see, what Dunn does lies outside the box....

Tim Dunn and Vitrolite: Each One of a Kind During the 1920's through the 1940's Vitrolite was used on the exterior of many buildings, especially theaters, as well as....

Visitor to Help Salvage State Theatre Glass During the 1920's through the 1940's Vitrolite was used on the exterior of many buildings, especially theaters, as well as....

A Message from The Vitrolite Specialist

November, 2013

Greetings Vitrolite Lovers!

This has been a big year for Vitrolite! Our biggest contract for 2013 is the upcoming restoration of the bathrooms at the Hoover Dam in Nevada. We will take 700 s.f. of material in black, jade, white and cream to restore the bathroom at the top of the Dam, the Exhibition Hall bathrooms, and several rooms within the Dam itself. You may be surprised to hear that the Dam has Vitrolite, but, in fact, the glass was quite commonly used in federal projects during the Great Depression including some post offices, the Federal Triangle buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as many other state and federal buildings across the country. The West VIrginia State Capital building, for example, has 33 Vitrolite bathrooms. Repairing and restoring these original installations has been a great source of on-going work for our company.

We have also had a banner year in terms of collecting material. We have just removed black Vitrolite from 11 storefronts in downtown St. Louis. We continue to hear about Vitrolite from people throughout the country who don't want to see this beautiful product go into dumpsters and landfills. So, thank you! While we have an extensive collection of Vitrolite, we are always interested in hearing about people and projects that have glass available for collection or sale.

Our major project for 2012 was the restoration of the beautiful Grand Theatre in Grand Island, Nebraska. It was the largest Vitrolite installation that has been done since 1949 and required 1,500 s.f. of material. I hope you will take a look at our photos of the finished product, of which we are quite proud. This summer, we restored a beautiful stroefront in Hastings, Nebraska and added a new Vitrolite storefront to the same building at a different elevation. We have sold Vitrolite to numerous companies this year who are using the glass for such things as scientific instrumentation, table tops and Art Deco clocks.

The uses for Vitrolite seem to be endless. Every day, someone contact us with a different use of this wonderful product which has some unique qualities. Though it has not been manufactured since the early 1950's, Vitrolite is beloved by people throughout the world who continue to spread the word about its worth in decorating and architecture, and who continue to view the material as a viable alternative to modern products. Again, we thank you!

Historic preservation is not done by one man alone. Let me introduce to you the other people who work for our little company. My apprentice of nine years is Hank Falkenberg. Hank has a background in contracting and a keen eye for finish carpentry, as well as a spotless safety record! Gary Vance has been working for us as the St. Louis Vitrolite subcontractor for 13 years. We have recently added warehouse worker Jay Lamb, bookkeeper Cheryl Akers and web master Marion Sudvarg. Geri Redden, my wife and life partner is long overdue for a place in this letter. She is the office manager, and the glue that keeps us all together.

Thanks for your continued interest in Vitrolite! We look forward to hearing from you with new projects and ideas!

Tim Dunn, The Vitrolite Specialist