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Historic Structural Glass

Early Manufacture & Use

Historic Installation

Exterior Installation

Interior Installation

Reasons for Damage

Maintenance & Repair

Repair of Cement Joints

Reinstall Glass Panels

Removal of Glass

Replacement of Glass

Samples of Vitrolite

Pictures of Vitrolite in Use


Welcome to Vitrolite!

Vitrolite, the sleek glass tile of the 20's and 30's that epitomized the ultramodern look, is still an important part of our architecture. Vitrolite is lovingly cared for and preserved by Timothy J. Dunn, owner of Vitrolite Specialist. Tim has filled the information void for structural glass and is available for consultation at

 The use of Vitrolite and other pigmented structural glass reached its heyday in the 1920's and 1930's. 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. Click here to see examples of Vitrolite in use, both historical and present-day.

  Renewed interest in and appreciation for Art Deco and Art Moderne coupled with efforts to preserve historic buildings and their original materials have led to a need for craftsmen and craftswomen who are skilled in removing, repairing and replacing Vitrolite and other structural glass.

  This need for skilled and experienced craftsmen and the fact that pigmented structural glass is no longer manufactured in the United States has created an need for specialists in the preservation and restoration of Vitrolite. Tim Dunn is the Vitrolite Specialist.

 To take a tour of the history of Vitrolite and facts about it, please click the topics to the left.

 To see examples and colors of Vitrolite Tim has in stock, please visit our inventory.

 Do you have a question for Tim? Please email it to him at