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Restoration of Lighting Fixtures from Historic Home in West Hartford Begins

Grand Light Begins Restoration of Lighting Fixtures from Historic Home in West Hartford

New Haven, CT – Grand Light has begun the restoration of thirty three historic lighting fixtures from a private residence in Hartford, Connecticut.  The residence was originally built in 1924 for a lawyer named Mr. Sage.  It is a stone rendition of the Colonial Revival style and was designed by the Hartford firm of Smith and Bassette, who designed many of the best stately houses in Hartford at that time.

The house did not stay in Sage’s hands for very long. It was purchased by a man named M. Allen Swift in around 1930, and he had the house until he died in 2005 at the age of 102. Swift was the general manager of the M. Swift and Sons, a precious metals company in Hartford which was responsible for the gold leafing of the State Capitol dome when it was constructed. Swift was locally famous for driving around town in the green Rolls-Royce that he received as a college graduation present from his father in 1928.  The home is currently undergoing a renovation.

Dowling Residence Lighting Restoration - Dining Room

The fixtures being restored include sconces, pendants, and a chandelier from different areas of the home. While the specific scope of restoration varies per fixture type, each fixture will have its finish either restored or cleaned, and then preserved with a UV resistant lacquer top coat. The fixtures will be rewired using UL listed components and HIPOT tested as a final step in their restoration.

Dowling Residence Lighting Restoration - Library.jpg

One of two sconces from the library in the home. The existing silver plated finish on these sconces will be cleaned and preserved as a part of their restoration.

Dowling Residence Lighting Restoration - Sitting Room

One of the wall sconces from the sitting room.


Dowling Residence Lighting Restoration In Progress

With the final scope of work receiving approval last week, the restoration is now moving forward at a rapid pace. Most fixtures have been dissembled so their components can be either cleaned or stripped of their original finish as required.  The sconce pictured above is one of several that feature a unique hand painted symbol, which is being carefully cleaned with multi-step process and formula intended to protect and conserve the original finish and painting.

Dowling Residence Lighting Restoration In Progress

Progress of the restoration of these lighting fixtures will be documented on


About Grand Light:

Grand Light has restored, replicated and manufactured custom lighting fixtures at every scale, including various projects at Yale University,  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.

Located at 580 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT, Grand Light has been serving the interior and exterior lighting needs of homeowners and professionals since 1929.

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