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Restoration of Auditorium Chandeliers Completed for Washington Irving Intermediate School

Restoration of Auditorium Chandeliers Completed for Washington Irving Intermediate School

Grand Light’s restoration team recently completed the restoration of ten gothic-style chandeliers for the auditorium of the Washington Irving Intermediate School, located in Tarrytown, New York.

Restored Washington Irving ChandelierTarrytown, New York (November 07, 2008)Grand Light, a Connecticut based lighting and design company, has announced the completion of a restoration and custom lighting project for Washington Irving Intermediate School in Tarrytown, New York.

Washington Irving Intermediate and the other Public Schools of the Tarrytowns are currently undergoing a major renovation which involves the restoration of a second grade building, larger classrooms, expanding the library, a new art room, renovated music rooms, a new nurse station and renovations of the existing offices.

Grand Light’s task involved the complete restoration of ten Gothic-style chandeliers and the fabrication of ten custom exit sign plates, each of which were recently reinstalled in the auditorium of the school.

The chandeliers consisted of one-hundred-and-twenty individual components that needed to be dissembled, stripped, buffed, and then refinished in antique brass. The process was moving ahead swiftly until it became apparent that the antique glass would be more difficult to remove than initially thought.

“The Washington Irving project was an interesting one for us,” said Ryan Stockman, who reflected on the setback. “We originally believed that the eighty glass panels in these fixtures were held into the frame by the interior strapping. But once we removed the strapping, we discovered that the panels were held in with an epoxy making the removal of this irreplaceable glass the most challenging piece of the project.”

While all of the panels were removed without error, several of them were still in need of repair. Three of the panels only had minor cracks and were invisibly restored utilizing an UV curing process. A fourth needed to be replicated, and after considerable research, was slumped from a salvaged antique glass window.

In addition to the restoration services, Grand Light manufactured ten custom brass-plated exit signs. The plates featured Calisto MT font with a red translucent glass, and were given an antique brass finish to match the ten restored chandeliers.

With all of the fixtures complete and a great deal of time and effort invested, it was crucial that the chandeliers would travel across state lines without harm. To ensure this, Grand Light built custom crates which guaranteed safe shipment back to Washington Irving School. The fixtures arrived safely, ahead of schedule, and were installed. All of the project participants were extremely delighted with how the restoration and custom exit plates came out.

“All of us here at Grand Light played a major role in the success of this project and we look forward to our next challenge.” said Stockman.

Those interested in finding more information about this project including pictures can visit Grand Light’s website at

About New Grand Light, LLC:

Grand Light has restored, replicated and manufactured custom lighting fixtures at every scale, including various projects at Yale University, antique pieces from 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.

Grand Light, located at 580 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT, has been serving the interior and exterior lighting needs of homeowners and professionals for over 70 years.


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