Restoration Completed for Brady Memorial Lab Chandelier and Sconces
Grand Light recently completed the restoration of a green chandelier and 4 matching wall sconces for Yale’s Brady Memorial Lab. This is the most recent restoration of a number of projects Grand Light has done for Yale University over the past several years.
The Brady Memorial Laboratory, erected as an extension to the Yale School of Medicine’s facilities, is named after Anthony N. Brady. Funded by Brady’s sons, James and Nicholas, the building was designed by architects H. Kent Day and Charles Klauder.
Much like the other buildings on the historic campus, the laboratory was designed in the Georgian Revival style, as were other academic buildings designed by the architecture firm. Most famous for their work on the east coast, most notably the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, the renaissance inspired classical symmetry that Day & Klauder brought to Yale fit in perfectly with the Gothic-Revival style of existing architecture.
Grand Light’s restoration team was given the project of refurbishing an antique chandelier and matching set of wall sconces that would be reinstalled in the main entrance way to the building. The fixtures had unfortunately not been cared for, and came into Grand Lights’ workshop dusty, dented and paint splattered.
In addition to cleaning, repairing and refurbishing the exteriors of the chandelier and wall sconces, Grand Light also performed repairs to both the structural and functional components of the fixtures.
For the chandelier, Grand Light’s team repaired the pin sockets and wiring leads, the lamps, and installed a new ballast. The polychromatic green and gold baked enamel paint was also stripped the recreated by hand, with hand stenciling to replicate the original.
The refurbishment of the wall sconces included re-wiring, installation of new ballasts, paint re-touching, structural repair and the replacement of several damaged bobeshes.