January 31, 2003
Private gifts put gild on restoration
by Diana Pounds
On your next walk through Beardshear Hall, look up. What you'll see -- a
gilded dome and rotunda, freshly painted in chocolate browns, soft yellows
and ivory -- hasn't been seen in nearly a hundred years.
As part of the finishing touch on Beardshear renovations, the interior of
the dome and rotunda have been restored to the original 1906 look.
The dome restoration was made possible by two private gifts that funded all
of the gold leaf used in the gilding as well as other parts of the
restoration. Donors are ISU vice president Warren Madden and career services
director Beverly Madden, and former ISU vice president George Christensen.
Staff from Evergreene Painting Studios, a New York-based restoration firm,
used old photographs and high-tech science to sift through a century's worth
of old paint layers and arrive at the dome's original color schemes.
The restored Beardshear dome will look just like the old with one exception.
A round stained glass window will be installed above the oculus (opening at
the top of the dome).
The oculus window will complement two large stained glass windows that have
been installed in the third-floor ceiling in another component of the
Bearshear restoration. Part of the original building, the stained glass was
removed in the '60s due to damage. The new stained glass was patterned after
the original glass.
Lead glass artist Marty Gund will discuss the process of reconstructing the
skylights and oculus during a talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Brunnier
Lighting also is being added to the Beardshear rotunda to highlight the
columns and dome. "The up-lighting in the atrium will make the dome
spectacular," Warren Madden said.
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