Vitrolite Company Building


ArtistAlfred B. Sylvanus, architect
Mediastructural building materials with architectural details in Vitrolite
Dimensions18,000 sq. ft. (44' x 147', 2-story building, plus basement)
LocationVitrolite Company Building

This building was once the Cleveland headquarters of the Vitrolite Company, manufacturers of a popular opaque glass used in 1920s-1950s interior and exterior design. The building's Italianate façade and interior showroom were covered in glazed terra cotta details. While the exterior needed some structural and cosmetic repairs, the interior tiles had been covered with pea green paint, or torn from the walls, and the room required extensive repair. The Vitrolite Building is on the National Register of Historical Places.


ICA purchased the Vitrolite building and began planning the renovation in 2001. International designer Karim Rashid consulted on the layout of the interior administrative space. The façade restoration was carried out by VIP. In 2003, ICA staff and operations relocated from their original home in Oberlin, Ohio to a new, state-of-the-art conservation facility in the renovated Vitrolite building. The historic structure is now outfitted with conservation laboratories, climate-controlled art storage. We hope to someday renovate the old first floor showroom fronting Detroit Avenue for public space and educational programs. With this urban location ICA has been able to expand its conservation role to include advocacy for at-risk artwork and projects that serve the greater Cleveland community.

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