The Fogo de Chão restaurant ICI completed in Philadelphia was uniquely challenging due to the historic nature of the existing building. The scope of work for the project required incorporating typical Brazilian interior fundamentals, while retaining unique elements of the structure which were characteristic of Philadelphia architecture 90 years ago.
ICI was able to restore much of the historic interior millwork, particularly the ornate columns. Where elements were not restorable, ICI was able to create new and matching millwork to the extent that the difference is not visible to the naked eye.
ICI was also able to restore 19 of the 20 antique hand-blown chandeliers that are worth approximately $25,000 each. Each was removed, cleaned, repaired and reinstalled.
The restaurant is located in the former J.E. Caldwell & Company Jewelers at the corner of Chestnut and Juniper Streets, scene of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) purchasing a watch for his beloved Adrian (Talia Shire) in the 1979 filming of Rocky II.
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