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Marriott Syracuse Downtown Historic Lighting Removed for Restoration

The historic Hotel Syracuse, located in Syracuse, New York, was designed by renowned hotel designer William Stone Post of George B. Post & Sons of New York City in 1921 with the hotel built from 1922-1924. The 91-year old hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

As of June 2015, work on the restoration of the historic hotel had begun under Development Director Kevin Riley, general contractor The Hayner Hoyt Corporation, and architectural firm Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates. The restoration of the hotel is of overwhelming interest to officials and locals, with many hoping the revamped hotel will bring additional recognition to Syracuse and complement the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center. The hotel, officially renamed the Marriott Downtown Syracuse, is slated to open for business in the Spring of 2016 with 261 guest rooms, 17 suites, and all major historic spaces returned to their former grandeur.

Grand Light has been selected to restore numerous historic iron, crystal and plaster chandeliers, plaster wall sconces, and ceiling flush mounts from the Grand Ballroom, Lobby, and Persian Terrace. The on-site removal of these historic lighting fixtures involved the coordination of rigging chandeliers to lower from the ceiling, the careful removal of all crystal components, and the dis-assembly and packing of each fixture component for a safe, damage-free transportation. Grand Light professionals worked after hours to avoid the normally high construction traffic to safely and effectively transport the large lighting components out of the hotel.

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Several Grand Ballroom plaster chandeliers, three larger 12ft tall x 6ft wide and two 5ft tall x 3ft wide, were first hoisted and lowered to allow crystal components to be carefully removed and packed. Each section, including all arm clusters, the upper ring, and decorative components, was then dismantled from bottom to top.

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Grand Light specialists removed seventeen historic plaster wall sconces, many over 5ft tall, from the Grand Ballroom. The removal of each sconce required the cooperation between two restoration specialist to dismantle each component.

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Specialists utilized lifts, scaffolding, pulleys, and ladders to remove eight massive iron chandeliers, over 6ft tall, located in the Lobby. Furthermore, a unique combination of rigging and scaffolding was used to lower and dismantle chandeliers hanging over stairwells.

Grand Light specializes in the restoration of historical luminaires of every scale, material, finish, and design. From professional diagrams and plans for your project to rewiring fixtures to UL standards, our specialists have proven their reputation as exceptional lighting restorers. 

For more information regarding this project, you may review the project homepage at The Hotel Syracuse.

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