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Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Lighting Restoration Complete

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Lighting Restoration Complete

Seymour, CT-Grand Light has completed the restoration of the historic lighting fixtures of Sagamore Hill, home to the late President Theodore Roosevelt. The impending site of Sagamore Hill was purchased by Roosevelt in his early twenties after vacationing in the picturesque Oyster Bay, Long Island as a child. Roosevelt took up full residency in the house in 1887 after its completion based on Anne style sketches by New York City architects Lamb and Ric. During Roosevelt’s time in office, his “Summer White House” was the focus of international attention. The most significant events took place at Sagamore Hill during the seven summers it served as Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House, from 1902 until 1908. During that time, Roosevelt used his home to host luminaries from around the country and around the world.

There are several different types of fixtures including pendants, wall sconces, ceiling mounted fixtures and chandeliers. There is a total of 56 of the original fixtures that were restored by the Grand Light artisans. Restoration consisted of the repair or replacement of any parts that were missing, broken, or damaged, and the custom fabrication of 24 custom escutcheons in order to make the once gas fixtures code compliant to today’s electrical standards, replacement of all electrical components and wiring and tested in accordance with UL standards, as well as different levels of finish work on each type of fixture pertaining to conservation of existing, extensive cleaning, and complete refinishing of the fixtures surface in some cases.

Sagamore_Hill_1.jpgShown above is the restored pendant ceiling fixture located in Entrance Hall Room 101. The work done on this fixture consisted of removing the original finish and applying a beautiful semi gloss black finish with a UV resistant protective lacquer top coat. Over the years this fixture had been converted from gas and the original cluster had been removed and a industry standard cluster was installed in order to electrify this fixture. Grand Light artisans added a custom matching black ceiling escutcheon and a new three light lamp cluster to replace the one which had been added at a different time.

Sagamore_Hill_2.jpgShown above is the restored floor mounted lamp located in Entrance Hall Room 101. This fixture required the original paint to be removed and a gorgeous semi gloss black finish with a UV resistant protective top coat applied. The glass shield was cleaned to remove any foreign material.Sagamore_Hill_3.jpgShown above is the elegant restored ceiling mounted lamp located in Entrance Hall Room 101. The lamp required an entirely new gorgeous semi gloss satin black finish. A UV resistant protective top coat was then applied to the fixture. The glass in the fixture required a cleaning to remove any foreign material from the base surface.Type_9.jpgShown above is a restored 3 head wall sconce located in Drawing Room 102. The fixture was disassembled, cleaned, and all defective parts were replaced. All new replacement parts added to the sconce received an application of new finish to match the original polished brass finish.Type_21_post.jpgShown above is a restored wall sconce located in Dining Room 104. All electrical wiring has been replaced and rewired while the cleaning of the glass shield and application of a new finish to all replacement parts has amounted to a stunning restored fixture. Grand Light artisans carefully adjusted both arms of the fixture to be plumb and level.Type_35_post.jpgShown is one of four restored ceiling fixtures. These ceiling fixtures are located throughout Stair Hall Room109, and Hall Room 301. These fixtures required a cleaning to remove any excess corrosion. The wall sconce original patina was then lightly burnished before a custom patina blend was applied to achieve a marbleized antique refinish. A museum grade wax was applied to the fixture upon completion of restoration.Sagamore_Hill_4.jpgShown above is a restored 2-head wall sconce located in Library Room 110. All electrical wiring has been replaced and rewired while the cleaning of the glass shield and application of a new finish to all replacement parts has amounted to a stunning restored fixture. Grand Light artisans carefully adjusted both arms of the fixture to be plumb and level.Sagamore_Hill_5.jpgShown above is one of four restored wall sconces. These single bracket wall sconces are located throughout Stair Hall Room 201, Stair Room 202, and Attic Stair Room 312. These fixtures required a cleaning to remove any excess corrosion. The wall sconce original patina was then lightly burnished before a custom patina blend was applied to achieve a marbleized antique refinish. A museum grade wax was applied to the fixture upon completion of restoration.Sagamore_Hill_6.jpgShown above is a intricately detailed restored wall sconce located in Gate Room 203. The fixture was cleaned to remove all excess corrosion due to age. An application of brass rub and patina was required to blend to the original finish. All electrical components were replaced and rewired to test in accordance with UL standards.Type_51_52.jpgShown above are the beautifully restored wall sconces located in Mother’s Bedroom 204. The existing fixture was disassembled, stripped, and cleaned all parts while defective parts were replaced with new matching new identical finish replacement parts. A custom matching antique brass escutcheon was provided to the fixture to be code compliant.

Sagamore_Hill_7.jpgShown above is one of the restored wall sconces located in Dressing Room 205. This fixture required a cleaning to remove excess corrosion. The sconce existing patina was lightly burnished and a custom patina blend was applied to achieve an elegant marbleized antique finish. This fixture received a custom code compliant wall escutcheon that was made using the historical 2.5″ escutcheon and a custom made 4.5″ escutcheon.

Sagamore_Hill_8.jpgShown above is the second restored wall sconce located in Dressing Room 205. This fixture required a cleaning to remove excess corrosion. The sconce existing patina was lightly burnished and a custom patina blend was applied to achieve an elegant marbleized antique finish. This fixture received a custom code compliant wall escutcheon that was made using the historical 2.5″ escutcheon and a custom made 4.5″ escutcheon.

Sagamore_Hill_9.jpgShown above is one of the restored wall sconces located in Double Guest Room 208. The sconce existing patina was cleaned of excess corrosion and a custom application of brass rub and patina was blended to existing finish. The glass shade was also cleaned to remove any foreign surface residue. This fixture received a custom code compliant wall escutcheon that was made using the historical 3.5″ escutcheon and a custom made 4.5″ escutcheon.

Sagamore_Hill_10.jpgShown above is the second restored wall sconce located in Double Guest Room 208. The work required to restore this wall sconce included cleaning all parts to remove any excess corrosion to prepare the surface for a custom brass rub and patina application required to to blend to existing finish. The glass shade was also cleaned to remove any foreign surface residue and a crack in the glass was carefully repaired by Grand Light artisans. This fixture received a custom code compliant wall escutcheon that was made using the historical 3.5″ escutcheon and a custom made 4.5″ escutcheon.

Sagamore_Hill_11.jpgShown above is a restored wall sconce located in Red Bathroom 209. The existing fixture was disassembled, stripped, and cleaned all parts while defective parts were replaced with new matching new identical finish replacement parts.This fixture received a custom code compliant wall escutcheon that was made using the historical 3.5″ escutcheon and a custom made 4.5″ escutcheon. Prior to the modification on the wall escutcheon, The historic component was badly deformed. Grand Light Artisans were able to re-form the components in order to incorporate it into the new escutcheon.

Sagamore_Hill_12.jpgShown above is the restored bare bulb ceiling fixture with a pull chain located in Red Bathroom 209. The existing fixture was disassembled and all parts were cleaned. This ceiling fixture had a defective pull chain and required Grand Light artisans to carefully rebuild it this historic component that is no longer available.

Sagamore_Hill_13.jpgShown above is a restored wall sconce located in the Splash Closet Room 210. After being is disassembled and stripped, and all parts are cleaned in a attentive and diligent process by our artisans. A custom matching antique brass escutcheon was provided to the fixture to be code compliant.

Sagamore_Hill_14.jpgShown above is a restored wall sconce located in the Boys Room 211. The restoration process for this fixture was very complex as it combined color matching, rewiring, and structural repairs. This fixture received a custom code compliant wall escutcheon that was made using the historical 2.5″ escutcheon and a custom made 4.5″ escutcheon.

Sagamore_Hill_15.jpgShown above is a beautifully restored wall sconce located in Quentin’s Hideaway Closet 212. This fixture required a cleaning to remove excess corrosion. The installation of new components included a new twist switch and frosted glass glass shade.

Sagamore_Hill_16.jpgShown above are two restored wall sconces located in South Bedroom 214. The work required to restore these wall sconces included the dis-assembly and cleaning of all parts,and the re-wiring of each sconce. The glass shades were also cleaned to remove any foreign surface residue.

Sagamore_Hill_17.jpgShown above is a restored elegant 4-head gas chandelier located in South Bedroom 214. This chandelier’s arms and body are comprised of different metals with each type aging differently lending to an inconsistent original finish. The fixture was first cleaned and disassembled followed by buffing of each and every component on this chandelier. Once each component was buffed, an application of brass rub and patina was applied to give it the aged look that it required. A museum grade wax was applied to the fixture upon completion of re-finishing. This fixture had never been electrified, so each arm on this fixture, where historic gas valves were present, were modified in order to accept a porcelain, candelabra base socket. The canopy which mounts to the ceiling was also custom made and was attached to the historic canopy, in order to make this fixture code compliant. All of the crystal spheres were added as they had appeared to have been there originally and gave the fixture a new identity.

Sagamore_Hill_18.jpgShown above are two elegantly restored wall sconces located in Nursery Room 215. The work done on these two sconces included the removal of excess corrosion through cleaning and the application of a custom patina blend to achieve a marbleized antique finish. This fixture received a custom code compliant wall escutcheon that was made using the historical 2.5″ escutcheon and a custom made 4.5″ escutcheon. Finally a museum grade wax was applied to the fixture upon completion of restoration.

Sagamore_Hill_19.jpgShown above is a beautifully restored 2-head wall sconce located in the Rear Hall Room 217. This fixture required a cleaning to remove excess corrosion. The glass shade was also cleaned to remove any foreign surface residue. The sconce existing patina was lightly burnished and a custom patina blend was applied to achieve an elegant marbleized antique finish. The fixture had defective turn switches which required Grand Light artisans to delicately rewire both turn switches at the sockets.

Sagamore_Hill_20.jpgShown above is a restored wall sconce located in Maid’s Room 302. The sconce existing patina was cleaned of excess corrosion and a custom application of brass rub and patina was blended to existing finish. The glass shield was also cleaned to remove any foreign surface residue. This fixture required the drilling of new holes to route existing wires from the outside of the wall sconce to the inside of the fixture to accommodate current UL standards.

Sagamore_Hill_21.jpgShown above is a restored wall sconce located in Maid’s Room 303. The work required to restore this wall sconce included the removal of excess corrosion, cleaning of the glass shade of all foreign surface residue, and applying a brass rub and patina to blend to existing finish.

Sagamore_Hill_22.jpgShown above is a restored wall sconce located in Linen Closet Room 304. This fixture was disassembled with all parts cleaned and defective parts replaced with matching polished brass replacement parts. The glass shade was also cleaned to remove any foreign surface residue.

Type_82.jpgShown above is en elegant restored 4-head chandelier located in Gunn Room 305. This chandelier was cleaned of excess corrosion before the original patina was lightly burnished and a custom patina blend was applied to achieve an elegant marbleized antique finish. A museum grade wax was applied to the fixture upon completion of restoration.

Type_86.jpgShown above is a restored wall sconce located in Theodore Roosevelt Jr’s Bedroom 306. All excess corrosion was removed from the original patina before a new brass rub and patina was blended to the existing finish. The glass shield had a crack which required Grand Light artisans to dexterously repair the glass. A new custom wall escutcheon with a matching aged brass finish was installed to allow for the fixture to be code compliant.

Type_87.jpgShown is a restored wall sconce located in School Room 307. All electrical wiring has been replaced and rewired while the cleaning of the glass shield and fixture have prepared the surface for an application of brass rub and patina to blend to the original finish. A new custom wall escutcheon with a matching aged brass finish was installed to allow for the fixture to be code compliant.

Type_88.jpgShown is a restored wall sconce located in Cook’s Room 309. The work required to restore this wall sconce included cleaning all parts to remove any excess corrosion preparing the surface for light burnish to existing patina and an application of a custom patina blend to achieve a marbleized antique finish.

Type_89(1).jpgShown is a restored wall sconce located in Sewing Room 310. This wall sconce existing patina was cleaned of excess corrosion and a custom application of brass rub and patina was blended to existing finish. The glass shade was also cleaned to remove any foreign surface residue while a crack in the glass required Grand Light artisans to carefully repair the glass. This fixture required the drilling of new holes to route existing wires from the outside of the wall sconce to the inside of the fixture to accommodate current UL standards. A new custom wall escutcheon with a matching finish was installed to allow for the fixture to be code compliant.

Type_90.jpgShown is a restored wall sconce located in Trunk Room 311. The fixture was cleaned to remove all excess corrosion due to age. An application of brass rub and patina was required to blend to the original finish.  All electrical components were replaced and rewired to test in accordance with UL standards.

Grand Light is honored in being able to take part in the restoration of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. It is our hope that these beautiful fixtures will captivate those who visit one of our nations most prominent historical landmark.

See more information on this project by clicking this link to our website: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

For further information regarding this project you may contact our project manager:

Ryan Stockman
800-922-1469 ext 110
info@grandlight.com

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