Branford College, a residential college at Yale University, was designed by architect and Yale alumni (class of 1889), James Gamble Rogers. Rogers designed several buildings on campus, and Branford College is among his most recognized and admired. It is located on Memorial Quadrangle, and shares the space with Saybrook College, which was also designed by Rogers.
The school is named after the Connecticut town of Branford, where the university was briefly located. Established in 1933, the college is an important part of the school’s architecture as the famous Harkness Tower forms a part of the courtyard. The design of the school was inspired by the gothic structures of England’s Oxford University, and is enjoyed for the calm and subdued ambiance it creates.
The fine details in the construction of the buildings lend themselves to a quiet elegance. Seam faced granite, Briar Hill sandstone bricks, and stones from Idaho Virginia and Connecticut were the stones used in constructing the buildings, and the woods used were oak and India teaks.
Located in an area of New Haven renowned for its architecture, it was essential that Grand Light make special considerations for this custom job. The team designed this wrought-iron chandelier for the college during a renovation period. The leaded glass cylinders on the five-foot diameter chandelier were designed to match other existing fixtures in the building.
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