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News Coverage of Vitrolite and Tim Dunn

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....

Stylin' Tiles

Tim Dunn paints primer into the front of the Fox Theatre yesterday afternoon, in preparation for the Vitrolite tile he will install to improve the appearance of the building on East Colfax Avenue.

Message From Tim Dunn, Vitrolite Specialist

What a year 2005 was for the Vitrolite Specialist! First of all thanks to everyone interested in preserving one of the world’s truly beautiful, modern materials. Your calls and e-mails keep me going and your work orders pay the bills and keep me in business.

High points of the year! Where do I start? My first shipment to the United Kingdom occurred this year, three pieces of 8” x 16” carmel agate to a fellow in London. I spent much of the year on the road, 17,000 miles, preserving Vitrolite from WV. to CO. and from WI. to TX. In February 2005 I removed 200 pieces of Suntan from a building in College Station, TX. and installed it in Charleston, WV in May! In August I removed 180 pieces in Marshalltown, IA. and sent it all to Charleston, WV. to restore the State Theater façade.

All year I’ve worked with the greatest group of customers any contractor could imagine, Vitrolite customers. What a fantastic group of people! After doing Vitrolite work for 20 years I can’t get over the fact that I work with one of the best groups of interested people, customers and other contractors. I feel like I’m not only saving a modern material but saving a trade and the time in history it represents.


Vitrolite Map

Click here to see a map of Tim's Vitrolite projects around the United States.

Restoring History Piece By Piece

You may have walked past it dozens -- or, perhaps, hundreds -- of times without noticing it. But for Vitrolite specialist Tim Dunn, older buildings with sleek tinted glass grab his attention and send him back in time when Vitrolite was the building material of choice.

This St. Louis man travels throughout the country restoring and replacing this once popular pigmented structural glass called Vitrolite. He arrived in Chillicothe on Thursday to start work on the Hotel Strand which is undergoing a major renovation to turn the historic building into apartments.

Vitrolite became popular in the early 1900's and was initially used for industrial purposes. Its non-porous surface was attractive for businesses that ranked sanitation as a high priority.