In 2001, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation took action to further restore this architectural treasure. After assuming ownership of the building, the Foundation had a choice: sell or save. MacArthur’s leadership viewed it as their responsibility to maintain this asset for their hometown and for the future. They assembled a team to study the building and determine what renovations were feasible with a dedication to authenticity and longevity.
They discovered many opportunities to restore the building accurately—the most challenging of which was the cornice. Undeterred, MacArthur launched a multiyear restoration program that included cleaning the terra cotta, replacing missing pieces, and restoring all the windows.