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Vacuum Insulated Glass and the Rehabilitation of the Saarinen’s Milwaukee County War Memorial

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The Milwaukee County War Memorial features an enclosed fountain designed by Eero Saarinen. The enclosure comprises 686 glazed openings in a steel frame. Designed in 1955-1957, the memorial, known as “the birdcage,” was suffering from severe condensation and required a substantial rehabilitation strategy in order to preserve its Modernist character-defining features. This case study will review the decision to restore the glazing with new vacuum insulated glass. 

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