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2013 Historic Restoration Award Winner Announced


Interior of the ornate restored atrium of the hotel featuring arched windows and a glass ceiling.
Loyalty Building, 1885. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The restored atrium of the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Milwaukee. View the property record: AHI 16290

First Hospitality Group Inc. of Rosemont, Illinois, has been awarded the 2013 Historic Restoration Award for the interior and exterior rehabilitation work on downtown Milwaukee's Hilton Garden Inn.

About the Restoration Award

The award goes to the best restoration work of a Wisconsin historic property that involves comprehensive work to restore a historic building, structure, object, or site.

About the Restoration Project

One of the biggest challenges was cleaning the exterior of the building, which had previously been painted and was covered with soot. The company's restoration crew removed the paint and soot without damaging the building's exterior.

Other exterior work included restoring the historic building's original windows. Interior work including restoration of  the original bank vault doors, tile flooring, ornamental plaster ceilings, light well, atrium, marble and bronze staircase, and skylight.

A panel of judges from the Wisconsin Historical Society recommended First Hospitality Group for this award. The Wisconsin Historical Society's Board of Curators approved the 2013 Historic Restoration Award.

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