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Large Chandeliers for Calhoun College Restoration Project

Attention Turns to Large Chandeliers for Calhoun College Restoration Project

Yale University’s Calhoun College lighting restoration project continues with the recent completion of six polished brass wall sconces and a matching chandelier. With many of the outdoor fixtures completed, attention now turns to the large, two-tier chandeliers and the remaining wall sconces.


This particular chandelier was completely stripped before each individual component was cleaned, polished, and lacquered.  The components of the fixture were then resembled, rewired, and tested to meet modern UL standards.  The chandelier was given new candle covers to complete the restored look.


Much like the chandelier pictured above, this two-light wall sconce was stripped, polished, lacquered, rewired, tested, and given brand new candle covers.

With many of the outdoor fixtures from this project now completed, attention has turned to the restoration of several large, two tier chandeliers and several remaining wall sconces.


This is one of several two-tier chandeliers in its pre-restoration state.


Heat is applied to loosen components of the chandelier as it is disassembled.


Several arms from these chandeliers have been badly damaged or completely snapped off and will need to be brazed during the restoration process.  In the picture above you can see many of the chandelier’s individual components laid out on a cart prior to being restored.  Progress will be posted shortly as the work continues to move forward.

To read more about this project, please view our previous posts:


About Grand Light:

Grand Light has restored, replicated and manufactured custom lighting fixtures at every scale, including various projects at Yale University, antique pieces from the Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur, IL, The Otesaga Resort and Hotel in Cooperstown, NY, The Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT, and other prestigious projects nation wide.

Grand Light, located at 580 Grand Avenue, New Haven, Conn., has been serving the interior and exterior lighting needs of homeowners and professionals for over 70 years.

Call 1-800-922-1469 or email to discuss your restoration or custom lighting needs with a member of our team.

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