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Historic Restoration

JP Cullen has over $300 million in recent experience on projects that are on the National Register of Historic places, proving our expertise with historic restoration projects.

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Restore & Revitalize

From small projects like the Milwaukee Public Museum Exterior Restoration to massive projects like the Wisconsin State Capitol Restoration, we have a wide range of experience that will bring decades of historical knowledge to your project. This allows us to estimate costs more accurately, investigate options for the design team, and execute the project requirements with a strict attention to detail.


This project renovated a six-story, 193,000 sqft, brick-masonry structure that was previously a shoe and boot factory. The building, originally constructed in 1892, had many additions and renovations through 1978 resulting in five different building segments.

JP Cullen saved time and money for the owner by using BIM, specifically laser scanning and drone imagery, to identify issues up front before they impacted schedule or budget. In addition, just as with every JP Cullen project, there was an intense focus on putting the work in place as efficiently and safely as possible. Our masons were able to beat the estimated production rates, allowing the owner to reinvest savings of almost $300,000 into their building.

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Sean Cullen
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Sean Cullen
Sean Cullen
Director of Business Development

In-House Experts

Our in-house experts, led by Sean Cullen, have a keen understanding of the importance of a well-designed plan for both engaging and educating stakeholders throughout the entire life of the project – from the day we are hired and beyond the completion of construction. We will ensure you have a strategic plan to assist you in the planning and execution of your historic restoration project.

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    Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home

    Historic Restoration Case Study


    cost savings


    acre district


    windows restored and replaced


    housing units for veterans 

    One of the major operations on this project was the restoration of the windows and dormers. About 500 windows needed to be removed, abated, restored, re-painted and re-installed.

    A typical construction approach would involve removing the windows, sending them off site to be restored and then bringing them back on site for install.

    But when planning for the project, the team found a way to complete all but one step of the window restoration process on site, saving the owner 39% on the cost of this operation. After removing each window unit for restoration, they were tagged with their location and then sent off site so the lead paint could be stripped off the windows. After, they were brought back on site to our shop where we completed the restoration process of the windows (repairing and glazing) and re-installed them.

    Beyond costs, completing the majority of the window restoration on site also saved on schedule and improved quality, as our carpenters could make any alterations to the fit or build back on the spot.