2023 Honor Awards

Judges Choice Craftsmanship-Museum of Science

Chicago, IL

Terrazzo Contractor

John Caretti & Company Morton Grove, IL


Housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, this magnificent epoxy terrazzo installation continues a tradition of well-preserved original terrazzo in the museum’s oldest sections. The remodeled interior’s striking fusion of materials creatively showcases exacting artisanship while delivering optimal ease of maintenance and durability in a high-traffic area. Terrazzo, the focal point of the remodel, was troweled and hand-ground on ceilings, walls, and columns. Brass inserts from the existing terrazzo were repurposed in the new floor, and heavy waterjet-cut aluminum strips curved to reflect the ceiling soffits.

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