Richard Alsop http://wuis.org en Architect: Quinn's Comments Are "Out Of Line" http://wuis.org/post/architect-quinns-comments-are-out-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The architect of the Illinois Capitol is swinging back at Governor Pat Quinn's accusations that he's responsible for controversial purchases, like $670-thousand dollar copper doors for the Statehouse.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Construction crews spent years renovating the state Capitol's west wing, but its unveiling has been tarnished by reports of what the rehab included, like doors that are as expensive as a large home and chandeliers that rang up to $320,000.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:26:15 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8867 at http://wuis.org Architect: Quinn's Comments Are "Out Of Line" Capitol Renovations Aim For Historical Look http://wuis.org/post/capitol-renovations-aim-historical-look <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Springfield, the west wing of Illinois' Capitol building is nearing the end of a two-year, $50 million renovation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers are putting on the finishing touches. Everywhere you look, you see a balance between modern building requirements and historical details.</span></p><p>The door handles are flipper style — that's easier to use for people with disabilities — but they're cast with the state seal. There are lighted emergency exit signs, of course, but they're in an old-timey font.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:22:14 +0000 Brian Mackey 7900 at http://wuis.org Capitol Renovations Aim For Historical Look