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A Note from the Webmaster
See Tim's work on a new black Vitrolite facade for a law office in Columbus, Indiana! Photo 1 Photo 2

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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)

A Message from The Vitrolite Specialist
Tim Dunn's November, 2013 letter.

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.

Vitrolite Photos on Flickr
We are featuring two slideshows of photos of Vitrolite found on Flickr.
Darren Snow's Vitrolite Photos
Vitrolite and Carrara Structural Glass by Decopix

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.
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Click here to read about it in the Downtown Mt. Vernon newsletter.
Click here to download the full July, August, September 2011 newsletter.

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.

Renovate Louisville: Art Deco
Tim's work with Vitrolite is featured in this episode of Renovate Louisville. Click the above link to view on YouTube.

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.

Tiles for Sale
Vintage 3" x 6" Subway Tiles with many accessories for sale.

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.

Tim Dunn's 2008 letter.

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.

Stylin' Tiles
Tim Dunn at the Fox Theatre in Aurora, CO.

Restoring History Piece By Piece
A new project in Chillicothe, Mo.

A message from Tim Dunn
Tim looks back on 2005.

Vitrolite Restoration in Charleston, WV, Beeville, TX, McMinnville, TN and more
With photos of the restored sites.

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.

Walt Theater Slide Show
Tim Dunn reworks the historic theater in New Haven. MO.

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. The colorful, opaque Vitrolite is a structural glass whose creation began with 2000 pounds of sand. more...

The Vitrolite Man by Wayne Curtis
Restoring a storefront? Need maroon glass? A St. Louis man has just the thing you're looking for. more...

Glass With Class by Tim Dunn
since its heyday, Vitrolite has responded well to the respectful homeowner and the hands of a craftsperson who has the patience and understanding to bring it back to its natural grandeur. more...

Introduction to Vitrolite Structural Glass
This handsome and versatile building material, so much a part of the Art Deco and Art Moderne architectural styles, was used primarily for interior and exterior wall surfacing. The use of Vitrolite and other pigmented structural glass reached its heyday in the 1920's and 1930's. more...

About Removing Vitrolite...
Removal of existing glass panels from a wall is an exacting operation because the mastic used to attach the glass panels may have become hard and extremely difficult to separate from the ribbed backing of the glass. more...

About Installing Vitrolite...
Due to an accumulation of soot behind the glass, the surface of the masonry substrate usually needs to be cleaned before panels or a wall of pigmented structural glass are reinstalled. more...

In the News: The Gem Theater
A sellout crowd celebrated the rebirth of the 85 year-old Gem Theatre at a gala opening Saturday night in the 18th & Vine Historic District. more...

In the News: The Ritz Theater
 Culver says he was pleased to hear the Ritz so highly regarded as a period architectural treasure, with absolutely no art deco theatre quite as unique anywhere else. .more...

Q&A with Tim Dunn
Tim answers questions about Vitrolite removal, installation, care and planning. more...

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In the News:
Missouri man puts sparkle in Princess

The Decatur Daily-- Tim Dunn believes he's the country's only specialist in the colorful structural glass used in many Art Deco and Art Moderne buildings of the 1920s and 1930s.

The Missouri man travels around the country restoring and replacing this pigmented glass, and he's popped in and out of Decatur for several weeks to work on the Princess.

"Vitrolite was a slick finish for the look of that era," he said, and he pointed out the "speed lines," or accent strips that form a design high on the building.

The Princess is the sixth performing arts theater or movie house he's worked on in two years,