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Grand Light Begins Restoration of Lighting Fixtures from Yale's Briton Hadden Memorial Building

Grand Light Begins Restoration of Lighting Fixtures from Yale’s Briton Hadden Memorial Building

New Haven, CT – Grand Light has begun the restoration of four historic lighting fixtures from the Briton Hadden Memorial Building. The building is home to the Yale Daily News, which is claimed to be the “oldest college daily” in the United States.

The building is a part of the monumental gothic streetscape of York Street, which includes the western facades of the Branford and Saybrook College complex, Jonathan Edwards College, the University Theater and the gothic exterior of Davenport Collage. The building was constructed with the funds of 272 friends and admirers of the late Briton Haden, a Yale graduate, former chairman of the Yale Daily News and co-founder and editor of Time magazine. The building was designed by architects Lewis Greenlead Adams & Thurlow Merrill Prentice.

The historic lighting fixtures being restored include a large 12-light boardroom chandelier, two wall sconces located in the corridor, and an exterior fixture located above the main entrance. Following a close inspection of the fixtures on-site, Grand Light supervised the removal of the fixtures and transported them back to the shop.

The specific scope of work varies per fixture. All fixtures will be rewired and tested in accordance with UL standards, and the original finishes will be cleaned and preserved. Damaged glass will be replicated or replaced as needed.

Upon arriving at Grand Light’s shop, the large boardroom chandelier, interior sconces and cast bronze outdoor fixture were carefully dissembled, inspected and documented before work began. The large chandelier finish was then thoroughly hand cleaned and detailed exposing a copper and steel frame with its original nickel plated finish in excellent condition. The chandelier will be rewired with 32 watt compact fluorescent lamps and dimming ballasts. These ballasts will be located in a custom fabricated interior ballast tray with dust located in the lower center of the frame. Four cracked amber seeded glass panels will be replicated and all glass cylinders re-leaded.
Yale Daily News Lighting Restoration

The exterior fixture from the main entrance will be rewired using a compact fluorescent or ceramic metal halide lamp with electronic ballast in a water-tight enclosure located inside the fixture back box The existing finish will be cleaned and preserved and a new galvanized back box will be fabricated.

Two stars will be replicated for for a 2-light sconce located in the corridor of the building. A nearby 1-light sconce of the same style will also be restored. The existing finish of the sconces will be removed and refinished with a black finish and an incralac protective coating. Both fixtures will be rewired with 32 watt compact fluorescent lamps, and new glass cylinders will be fabricated. Due to space limitations, the electronic ballasts will be remotely located remotely in the J boxes provided by the contractor.

Yale Daily News Lighting Restoration
Yale Daily News Lighting RestorationUpdates will be posted as the project progresses. Click here for additional photos.

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About Grand Light:

Grand Light, located in New Haven, CT since 1929, is an experienced restorer of historic lighting fixtures and a manufacturer of custom lighting fixtures. We have restored, replicated and manufactured custom lighting fixtures at every scale. Past projects include work for clients such as Yellowstone National Park, Yale University, Minute Man National Historical Park, the Shubert Theater, the New Haven Museum and the Otesaga Resort Hotel.

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