CONCORD, MA – This past Tuesday, restoration professionals from Grand Light returned to Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts to re-install a beautifully restored crystal chandelier. The chandelier had been on display for a number of decades in the Stedman Buttrick House, which serves as the park’s headquarters and visitors’ center for the historic North Bridge.
Over time, the crystal chandelier has lost its luster due to grime, dirt, and metal oxidation. The wiring has become brittle and unsafe. Three of the original twelve glass arms, as well as three glass gloves, glass holders, were either broken or missing. Eight of the chandelier’s twelve original crystal chains were missing, and needed to be replaced.
Grand Light’s artisans incorporated the existing original crystals into a striking pattern of 63mm baguettes, and 30mm oval jewels. The new crystals were machine cut and polished from the Czech Republic. The new crystal chains alternate between lengths of 43 inches and 47 inches, containing an evenly distributed combination of original and new crystal components.
To restore the metal components of the chandelier to their original state, each piece needed to be individually buffed and hand polished. Several of the silver plated components have been spot-plated as needed, and coated with a protective clear UV-resistant extended life lacquer.
In addition, three glass arms, three glass globes, and two components which hold the globes were replicated. Once all original components restored and new replications completed, the arms and frame of the chandelier were wired and packed separately for transportation back to the park.
With all components ready to be re-assembled, Grand Light’s team met with park officials on-site early Tuesday morning to reinstall the chandelier. Each of the glass arms were individually wired to the frame, and then dressed with the new crystal chains. A hi-pot test of the electrical components was conducted on site.
With the project completed, the restored chandelier’s original beauty has been preserved and now hangs in Stedman Buttrick House visitor center, where it can be seen by the one million visitors who come to the park every year to see important sites associated with the American Revolution.
Those interested in viewing additional updates about this project can visit Grand Light’s website at https://www.grandlight.com.
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.