The New Haven Register‘s Jean Falbo-Sosnovich recently reported on Grand Light’s involvement in the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown restoration project. The article highlights the restoration of the hotel’s original historic lighting fixtures located in the Lobby, and the installation of custom manufactured fixtures in the Persian Terrace. An article on the project can be found online by clicking here. For full details about the project including photos of the progress, please visit the project page.
From the article:
SEYMOUR >> An 87-year old custom lighting company recently completed a major restoration project intended to bring a historic New York hotel back to its heyday.
Grand Light, at 104 Day St., spent the last year breathing new life into dozens of historical light fixtures that once adorned the lobby, grand ballroom, terraces and hallways of the former Hotel Syracuse.
The hotel in Syracuse, New Yor, opened in 1924 and was designed by William Stone Post of George B. Post & Sons of New York City. It closed in 2004 but was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. In 1927, American aviator Charles Lindbergh paid a visit to the hotel to talk about his famous trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis.
The 790-room hotel closed after battling bankruptcy, but is being reborn this summer as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, following a nearly $70 million renovation.
When it reopens, the ornate work completed by 15 of Grand Light’s employees will be on display.
Grand Light was commissioned in June 2015 to do the job. According to Grand Light Vice President Ryan Stockman, most of the original fixtures were removed and brought to Seymour where Grand Light’s employees worked around the clock to restore the pieces to their former grandeur.
“By examining the existing fixtures and using existing documentation such as historic photographs, Grand Light was able to recreate and match the lighting fixtures’ original finish and condition to maintain the historical integrity of the building’s original architecture,” Stockman said.
Stockman said Grand Light restored and custom manufactured 25 of the hotel’s original chandeliers. Eighteen of those restored pieces were installed last week in the hotel’s lobby and Persian Terrace. Grand Light also restored eight large iron lobby chandeliers, and provided 10 custom brass and crystal chandeliers for the Persian Terrace. Six wall sconces were installed and dressed with crystals last week on-site, Stockman said, and several more wall sconces and four ceiling flush-mounts were restored.
Stockman said he’ll return to the site next month to oversee installation of five restored historic chandeliers in the Grand Ballroom.
“It has been an honor working on these historic lighting fixtures,” said Stockman. “This project required a significant amount of time, cooperation, and commitment from our team of lighting restoration artisans. While we are sad to see them go, they belong with the hotel, and in essence, a piece of us will remain in the hotel forever.”
Being involved in the restoration is one of the company’s biggest projects.
“Grand Light takes pride in every project that it participates in, however, the historical relevance, prominence, and scale of this job is definitely a legacy project for our company,” Stockman said. “Those lighting fixtures existed before us and will remain long after, so it quite an honor to have our artisans’ work immortalized.”
Grand Light opened in 1929. It is family-owned and moved from New Haven to Seymour in 2013.
Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell was thrilled to see bright things happening for the local company.
“The chamber is proud of the role that Grand Light is playing in the restoration of the historic Hotel Syracuse,” said Purcell. “This is yet another example of Connecticut craftsmanship at its very best.”
Purcell said the Chamber presented Grand Light with a “Silver Hammer Award” in 2014 for its “substantial renovation of their new offices, design center and showroom.”
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, New Haven Register