The 1897 Beaux-Arts Chicago Cultural Center, originally built as the Chicago Public Library, features one of the city’s true public treasures – the Louis Comfort Tiffany Dome, which was fully restored to its original glory in 2008. Wight & Company oversaw the 7-month, $1.7-million award-winning renovation project that included the cleaning and repair and/or replacement of more than 30,000 pieces of glass. At approximately 38 feet in diameter, the dome’s ornate cast iron frame and jewel-like pieces of stained glass were covered with a concrete and copper exterior dome in 1935. The restored dome features a new exterior translucent skylight that once again allows natural light into Preston Bradley Hall to showcase the beauty of the stained glass. As the city’s architectural showplace for the visual arts, the Chicago Cultural Center is the largest, free public programming venue in the United States. More than 840,000 visitors come through its doors each year – many of whom come to see and photograph the Tiffany dome.