City of Chicago
George Washington Monument Restoration Project
Chastain provided Phase III construction engineering services for the rehabilitation of the George Washington Monument. The monument was dedicated in 1904, enduring over 100 years of Chicago weather. The granite base was failing and the bronze statue itself needed a good cleaning. The statue was carefully removed from its base and stored on-site to be cleaned. The granite base was painstakingly and systematically disassembled and stored on site as well and a new concrete foundation was designed and constructed immediately south adjacent to the original brick foundation. Once the new foundation was constructed, the granite base was reassembled utilizing the latest techniques in restoration. The statue was meticulously cleaned and sealed then re-stored to its rightly place upon the granite base. Construction cost was $780,000.