September 16, 2012 · 9 Comments
PARIS, IL. (ECWd) –
While driving though town today I noticed a crew working on the exterior of the Paris Beacon News building. It appears as though the green Vitrolite has been separating from the building due to its age and the extreme weather the past couple of years. According to their website, the tiles were coming loose and needed removed.
The material is mint green Vitrolite, a structural glass, and is no longer manufactured in the United States. If you are interested in a little history behind this glass, Carol J. Dyson, an architect with Preservation Services, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency – and Floyd Mansberger, Director of Fever River Research, completed a five page study available here.
Pictures of the Vitrolite removal below: