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Paris Beacon News Repairs

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On September 16, 2012


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:


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  • Paul Lynch
    Posted at 17:53h, 17 September Reply

    Does anyone know what year the Victrolite was put
    on the building? My mother says she remembers them
    working on it, but not when it was.

    • john doe
      Posted at 19:36h, 07 November Reply

      If you would read the Beacon there was an article explaining all of this.

      • jmkraft
        Posted at 20:18h, 07 November Reply

        Post a link so we can read it…

  • Edgar County Watchdogs
    Posted at 22:28h, 17 September Reply

    I believe it was Pre-WWII

  • john doe
    Posted at 19:07h, 08 November Reply

    Buy a newspaper and read it for yourself.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 19:39h, 08 November Reply

      What day was it in print?
      I’ll have to get one – I like old buildings 🙂

      • john doe
        Posted at 17:51h, 09 November Reply

        I’m not sure, last week I believe. They used to keep back issues
        that you can still purchase. Not sure if they still do.

        • john doe
          Posted at 17:53h, 09 November Reply

          Not sure if they still do.

          • jmkraft
            Posted at 22:03h, 09 November

            I’ll check it out.

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