Light and bright with beautiful obscurity.

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Bring the dance of brilliant color shifts into a space.

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Create drama in any room with this functional alternative to artwork.

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The natural beauty of wood, enhanced with the functional benefits of glass.

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Luminate, vibrate, and translate with panache. 

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Add vibrancy and versatility in virtually any color 

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Control the light, feel the texture.

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Inspiring creativity, collaboration, and order.

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You curate the art, we'll provide the canvas.

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A delicate look made with durable glass.

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Rich and classical, vintage, or eclectic; antique mirrors add texture and character to any space.

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Durable and distinctive, with limitless design possibilities. 

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Obscure, conceal, or separate spaces without losing natural light.

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Get bright & vibrant color and let the light shine through

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Natural charm to bring warmth and texture into a space

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Now you see me, now you don’t.

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Durable - elegant - functional

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Designed to keep the sky friendly and reduce bird casualties.  

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Long-lasting, low-maintenance, beautiful & tough.

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Inspiring creativity, collaboration, and order.

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For an elegant space from top to bottom.

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Made to enhance, embellish, and insulate.

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Things are looking up!

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Clean, modern, safe, and stylish.

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Elevate with elegant, lightweight, durable glass.

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Separate with style.

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Collaborating with visionaries to bring art to glass, and glass to life.

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Step up your stair game with dramatic effects.

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Conceal the unsightly, and create the illusion of an all-glass structure.

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Educational

Glass railings picture perfect 

Provide file ready artwork and let it sing

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Project Details
Location

Chicago, IL

Application

Glass Railings

Industry

Educational

Type of Glass

Graphics

Overview

The City of Chicago approached the Old Town School of Folk Music and other cultural institutions about the former Hild Library, an art deco building that had stood vacant for twelve years. The 43,000 square foot building was situated on North Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Square, one of Chicago's most culturally diverse neighborhoods. Chosen by the city as the preferred recipient, the School began planning and soliciting support to expand operations to the new facility in late 1994.

A focal piece in the new facility design was the unique glass staircase, which features over 40 custom-designed decorative laminated glass panels. Each piece portrays the likeness of one of the many prominent and influential musicians to pass through the school over the last five decades and works to tell the story of the building. The glass staircase railing was created using Goldray's interlayer process to print the images directly onto a film interlayer before laminating it between two lites of glass.

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The unique glass staircase features over 40 custom-designed decorative laminated glass panels

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print Print the images directly onto an interlayer before laminating it between two lites of glass

Each decorative laminated glass panel portrays the likeness of one of the many prominent and influential musicians to pass through the school over the last five decades and works to tell the story of the building.

Glass In Action

December of 1957 saw the grand opening of the Old Town School of Folk Music at its first home on 333 North Avenue, in Chicago. The first five years of the School's history mirrored the boom in folk music at that time. Enrollment grew and programs expanded. Over 150 students attended guitar and banjo classes on a weekly basis. Folk dancing, and family sing-alongs rounded out the programming.


The late 70s marked a decline in enrollment, concert attendance, and the beginning of a severe financial crisis that left the School on the brink of bankruptcy. In 1982, the School's staff and Board expanded the scope of programming to include ethnic and traditional music from around the world. This lead to a successful rebound from tragedy, allowing for the expansion opportunities that followed in the 1990's.

Our Team

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Each glass panel portrait tells a colorful story

Architect

VOA

Contractor

Associated Glaziers

Sales Rep

Craig MacGregor - MacGregor Architectural Products

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