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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)

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.

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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....

Makeover aims to light up downtown

from the Quincy Herald-Whig June 3, 2008

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Peter Wright remembers seeing all the Disney movies and "'Star Wars' a ton of times" at the Zoe Theater in Pittsfield.

"I've always been interested in the Zoe Theater. It was definitely part of growing up here, absolutely," said Wright, who thought about buying the Zoe with a friend when he moved back to town 18 years ago.

Now the Pittsfield businessman is part of the newly-named Zoe Preservation Committee working to save the theater shuttered since the 1980s.

"We're going to work at it so it's a viable building for the city of Pittsfield and Pike County. Whether it be for Sunday family movies and some Theatre Guild productions, the guild is definitely interested," Wright said. "It's a real landmark of Pittsfield. We don't want to lose it."

Some initial clean-up work on the building that will target the exterior could be done this month -- or at least by Pig Days, slated for July 11-12.

"Our goal is to have the theater cleaned up with the windows washed and new signage about who to contact if interested in helping," said Jim Brown, who spearheaded the preservation committee. "We want to show people we're actually getting something done before Pig Days when a lot of people come through town and come back home."

Brown hopes to see work on the Zoe continue the rest of the year.

"If we can get the outside done and the marquee lit up by the end of the year, it would be ideal, and I think it's probably doable," Brown said. "With some events, private donations, we might be able to raise some money. A lot of people are interested and hopefully will part with some money."

Raising money will be key to saving the building.

"We're at the point we're going to need some help," Wright said.

Brown said a fundraising letter-writing campaign soon will be under way, and T-shirts designed with "save me" or "help me" spelled out on the theater marquee will be ready to sell also by Pig Days.

An account has been established at Farmers State Bank, and donations, or historical materials about the theater that may date back to 1920, may be sent to the committee at P.O. Box 283, Pittsfield, IL 62363.

The committee has a $17,000 bid from Tim Dunn, a St. Louis specialist, to replace the damaged panels of Vitrolite on the building's exterior. Vitrolite, a pigmented structural glass, is no longer made.

"We actually have a local contractor here who worked with it before. We have the opportunity to buy the tiles and save some money, but I don't know if we'll go that route or not," Wright said.

Brown and Wright also want to see the marquee come back to life. Decatur-based Bendsen Signs and Graphics, which installed the marquee, has looked at it and indicated new neon, light bulbs and transformers will be needed.

"The marquee is a lot bigger than people realize. It's a very large, very cool movie theater marquee," Wright said.

"If we can restore the front and the marquee, no matter what happens that will make it more pleasing for the city, but we certainly have the goal to get it back to a theater/multi-function building," Wright said. "We have a good motivated group. The city is working with us, and only positive things can come from it."