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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....

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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....


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We own a house designed by Benjamin Dombar, who was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's first apprentices. The bathrooms, laundry room and kitchen were all done in vitrolite. Right after buying the house we were able to get a large quantity of vitrolite that was covered in silicone and deep water spots. We knew to razor blade off the silicone, but nothing seemed to work on removing the water spots. I talked with Tim several times about what we could use to remove the water spots. He directed us through a series of chemicals starting with the mildest and working up. Towards the end of our quest Tim recommended cerium oxide, which we were able to order, on line from a distributor, and using cerium oxide, and a lot of buffing, using a drill with a buffing disc, and an electric buffer we were able to get the ground in water spots off the tiles

Without Tim's advice and guidance we would never have had any luck getting the water spots out, and would not have been able to us our extra vitrolite. Today we are installing a new kitchen, but keeping and adding to the vitrolite tiles that were such an important part of the design of our house back in 1958.

Tim was unbelievably generous, not only with his knowledge, but with his time, in guiding us through this process. If you have a problem with vitrolite Tim Dunn is the man to resolve any issues with vitrolite

Everett Rudisell

Tim and I spoke about a month ago about loose Vitrolite tiles in the Greenwich Odeum in Rhode Island. Thanks to your help, Tim, I was able to reinstall them. I have never tiled ANYTHING before in my life. They look good - getting the glazing "balls" the right size is an art that I have not yet mastered. While it doesn't look "perfect", I can rest assured that they will not fall down, which is a huge plus.

Rather than tearing down all of the Vitrolite you made it possible for us to save it! Thank you!

Kevin M. Rhode Island

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Tim has tackled yet another Vitrolite project for us and once again he has done a glorious job. We are both thrilled and how lucky we are to have Tim Gunn living in St. Louis. Val and Todd Terry

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Tim is the best. I had several questions about Vitrolite in a Vaudeville Theater in my town. We have some tiles that are starting to come loose. Tim talked me through the restoration process- how to get the tiles down off the wall and how to put them back up. Tim's site is just like Vitrolite - a rare gem that is incredibly hard to find. If you need Vitrolite materials and assistance with your project FEAR NOT! you have found Tim and he's going to help you!!

Kevin M., Rhode Island

I contacted Tim recently for some advice on replacing the old grout in our Vitrolite bathroom. He responded very promptly to my emails and recommended a couple of products to meet our needs. I'm really glad I found him. There is no one out there like him.

Deb M.

After days of hit and miss research [Goggling], finally identified the material used in my Art Deco baths; and consequently the Vitrolite Specialist. Tim reconstructed my twelve glass walls, replaced what was broken or missing, and pointed so that they looked like they must have in 1927. That work has become a focal point of the apartment and a story that I never tire of telling.


Tim is much more than the expert in Vitrolite. This man is a true artist, an artisan of the old world where every aspect of the job is considered, weighed and then acted upon…very carefully. He takes infinite pains to make certain everything is correctly done the first time. If it’s not up to his demanding standards then it is simply re-done…and that’s that.

The time and effort he puts into every job, regardless of its size, is extensive. Nothing is left to chance. His skill in matching the exact color required is exceptional. He is willing to spend hours tracking down the best match for your particular project from his vast collection of Vitrolite.

We have been thrilled with the results of Tim’s, Hank’s and Harry’s work on our 1929 house…kitchen and bath. Both rooms retained their original Vitrolite, but we needed to repair, alter and augment what was there. Tim and crew did an absolutely magnificent job and we cannot recommend them highly enough.

Val and Todd Terry

Val and Todd Terry

Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Tim knows what a good sort he is! He is just delightful to do business with. His mastery with vitrolite is a miracle -- at least for our 1929 apartment. The only shock I experienced, with having work done in our antique bathroom, was that I couldn't wait to pay the man! He is so dedicated to quality and I was thrilled I had someone so qualified do the restoration. My husband and I were very impressed!

LJSteger -- Chicago, IL

Where do I start? Tim, his helpers Hank and Harry are wizards when it comes to anything Vitrolite!

I am restoring a 1935 home which has Vitrolite in the Master Bath. Unfortunately time and abuse had taken its toll. After hiring Tim's company I now have a bath whose Vitrolite tile looks as good as the day it was installed!

What is wonderful about Tim is his vast knowledge, skill and inventory of Vitrolite which he tapped for replacement tiles to damaged areas.

His love of Vitrolite is contagious, so much so I am now going to install Vitrolite as my kitchen tiles in my restoration. Tim and company are in my book master craftsmen whose love of their work shows in the final product. I recommend them without hesitation and with great enthusiasm.

You are free to contact me concerning my experience with the Vitrolite Specialist

Florissant, MO

Christine - Florissant MO

Tim Dunn is an honest man, and he knows everything there is to know about Vitrolite!

Marion Sudvarg