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The Conservation Center

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The Conservation Center
400 North Wolcott
Chicago , IL 60622
Resource Type: Conservator/Rstr

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M-F 9am-5pm
conservation, fine art, restoration, sculpture, photography, paper, textiles, manuscripts, murals, objects, Antiques

As one of the nation’s leading private art restoration and conservation laboratories, The Conservation Center has cared for fine art from some of the country’s most prestigious museums, galleries, insurance companies, corporations, and private collections. The Center is the largest facility of its kind in the nation.

Founded in 1983, The Center has grown to include thirty conservators, artisans, and administrators trained from around the world. We provide treatments that satisfy the criteria of the most discerning collectors and institutions. The Conservation Center’s expert staff, well-equipped studios, and refined quality of service offer the highest standards in the field.

As a conservation company, we understand our role as partners and stewards in the care of your treasured collections. Therefore, we take every measure to honor an artist’s original intent and characteristics. This is our role as conservators and represents the heart of what we do.

Conservation Services

The Conservation  Center offers a wide range of conservation and art-related services for private clients, museums, galleries, corporations, non-profit organizations and insurance companies across the country. The Center aids clients with the preservation of artistic, cultural, and historic materials, safeguarding them for the enjoyment of future generations.

We provide conservation treatments that take into consideration the client’s concerns, the integrity of the work, and the standards upheld by the field. Our working philosophy is “less is more”: all treatments are carried out in compliance with the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, which mandates the use of archival and reversible materials and minimally invasive treatment methods.

The Center fosters a creative and inviting environment in which specialists with varied areas of expertise can collaborate and learn from one another. We aim to provide our clients not only with beautiful treatment results, but a rewarding experience and insight into the conservation process.


15th-21st century tempera, oil, and acrylic paintings on wood panel, canvas, paper board, and metal supports. This department is the oldest and largest in The Center.


18th-21st century watercolor, fresco, secco, oil and acrylic based murals on plaster, canvas, metal, and paper supports.

Works of Art on Paper:

14th-21st century drawings, prints, pastels, watercolors, Asian screens, scrolls, architectural drawings, letters, and documents on paper supports.


19th-21st century works including antique, sepia, black and white, hand-colored, color, contemporary photographic prints, as well as digital reproductions.

Rare Books:

14th-21st century books, bibles, scrapbooks, and photo albums including their pages, covers, bindings, and storage cases.


15th-21st century flags, samplers, tapestries, lace, quilts, coverlets, costumes, embroideries, weavings, ethnic textiles, as well as custom mounts.

Objects & Sculpture:

14th-21st century works in ceramic, plaster, marble, metal, stone, wood, glass, mixed media, as well as ethnographic objects and artifacts.

Frames and Gilded Objects:

12th-21st century gilded works which require structural repair, stabilization, casting, carving, gilding, toning, and inpainting.

Antique and Fine Furniture:

12th-21st century works ranging from primitive to salon masterpieces requiring veneer work, polishing, and expert reproduction of carving losses.

Custom Framing:

Archival hinging, museum quality French mats, linen and silk wrapped mats, museum mounts, vitrines, and a selection of over 800 custom gilded and finished frames.

Shipping & Installation:

An in-house team of experienced art handlers which services local and national pick-ups using our climate-controlled, air-ride, alarmed vehicles with dual driver ability.

Disaster Response:

A Disaster Response team providing dependable nationwide on-location inventory, triage, photographs, and condition reports for large and small scale disasters.

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