Recently in National Parks Category
The New Haven Register recently visited Grand Light to highlight the restoration and replication of 188 gothic-style pendant lighting fixtures from
Yellowstone's Old Faithful Lodge. An article on the project can be found on the front page of the Business section in today's newspaper, or online by clicking
here. For full details about the project including photos of the
here. The video is featured below.
New Haven, CT - The restoration of 188 historic gothic-style pendant lighting fixtures from Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful Lodge is nearing the final stages of completion.
The fixtures are currently in final assembly, where they will be wired, and tested in compliance with UL testing procedures. A total of 1184 panels of medium amber colored, Wissmack-type glass with a dew drop pattern coated in a 3M SCLARL #150 safety film will be installed in fixture's frames. The historic fixtures will then be packaged and crated for the journey back to the lodge for delivery early April.
New Haven, CT - The restoration of ten lighting fixtures from the Bodie Island Lighthouse has begun. Built in 1872 on the isolated Body's Island of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore, The Bodie Island Lighthouse is one of the most classic settings of American light stations. The structure has a significant history; having been destroyed and rebuilt twice, once by retreating Confederate troops in 1861 who feared the lighthouse could be used as a Union observation post during the Civil War.
When the chandelier was removed for the park, we discovered an issue with three of the original arms. Two of the arms had cracked at the base, and one arm was missing entirely. Also missing were two glass holders which hold the 6" diameter glass globes that rest on the end of each arm. These missing components along with the damaged and missing arms needed to be replicated.
The restoration team is currently in the process of completely restoring and rewiring a large crystal chandelier from the Minute Man National Historical Park's North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord, Massachusetts.
Following removal and partial dissasembly on site at the park, the chandelier was driven to Grand Light's restoration workshop, where the chandelier's delicate arms, center column and all remaining components were photographed and cataloged. The chandelier was then completely disassembled and all components were inspected for mechanical deficiencies.
The restoration team from Grand Light traveled to Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts last Wednesday to remove a crystal chandelier in need of restoration, rewiring, and repair. The chandelier has been on display in the Stedman Buttrick House, which serves as the park's headquarters and visitors' center for the historic North Bridge.
The 971-acre park receives over one million visitors each year, who come to see important sites associated with the opening battle of the American Revolution. Congress established the park in 1959 to preserve and protect areas such as the first four miles of the Battle Road, where Colonists fired upon British troops as they returned from Boston, and the place where the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired. The park also preserves The Wayside, where 19th century authors kept the spirit of the Revolution alive by creating uniquely American literature.