Project – Blocks
To honour a memory and commemorate history, timeless natural stone is the obvious choice. At Polycor, we are particularly proud of our contribution to the creation of these monuments.
Enhancement of urban heritage
- Residential clients
Photo by Gensler
Turn-of-the-century post offices in major urban centres are among America’s most architecturally significant buildings. But, as the postal industry waned with the advent of electronic communication, the remarkable buildings these institutions often inhabited were often vacated and abandoned.
Such was the case with the Old Chicago Post Office: The Beaux Art splendor was designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. The original portion was completed in 1921 as a brick-side post terminal. By the time of a 1932 expansion that saw it grow to 2.8 million-square-feet, the new addition with a new Indiana Limestone clad exterior, it was America’s largest post office.
We’re celebrating Indiana Limestone Month with a look at how this fine natural stone helped build much of Chicago’s storied skyline, and its role in turning the city into a top architectural destination.
Indiana Limestone’s place in Chicago’s history is a deep and durable one. Though it’s celebrated for its timelessness, it was a forward-thinking, future-minded move that helped create the link between limestone and the Windy City.
The Grande Arche de la Défense was completed in 1989 to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, however, in the years since, there has been little to celebrate: There were issues with the exterior of the arch from nearly the start. The area around the north side was even sealed off after fears that the arch’s Italian Carrara marble exterior would fall on people below. The arch restoration team turned to hard-wearing Polycor BETHEL WHITEⓇ granite to replace the crumbling Carrara marble exterior and restore the arch to a place of pride.