Yellowstone National Park, WY – Steady progress is being made on the historic lighting fixtures from the recreation hall of the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.
To date, all structural repairs and replications have been completed. The once twisted and bent spears at the top and bottom of the fixture have been straightened back to their original shape. Frames that were bent have been straightened, and missing rivets have been replicated and attached to the fixtures.
Many fixtures were missing tabs meant to hold the glass panels. Prior to being removed from the lodge, some panels had been siliconed to the frame as a temporary solution for the missing tabs. All glue has now been removed and new tabs have been fabricated and soldered to the fixture.
With the structural integrity of the fixtures now restored, Grand Light will soon plastic bead blast all surfaces to remove the previous coating and then sandblast them to achieve a smooth uniform surface. The frames will then be cleaned and powder coated in a gloss black, pending the final approval of samples that were sent back to the park.
In the meantime, glass panels have begun to be cut from larger sheets. We are using a medium amber color Wissmach Cathedral Glass with a dew drop pattern for the fixtures. Through extensive research, it was determined that this this type of glass would be the closest possible match available to the original panels of the fixtures; most of which had been replaced with plastic during previous repairs.
Once the glass is cut, each piece will be coated in 3M SCLARL #150 safety film for textured glass. This will prevent the glass from shattering in the event it is ever hit.
For more information about this project, please read the project page.
About Grand Light:
Grand Light has restored, replicated and manufactured custom lighting fixtures at every scale, including various projects at Yale University, Minute Man National Historical Park, 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.