Category Archives: Antique and Vintage Lighting

Spongebob Would Feel Right at Home, More on the Shedd Aquarium

After exhausting the possibilities of the front rooms of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and pestering the staff for more information on the fixtures (they had none) and on any other old, original parts of the building (“this is it”), … Continue reading

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Spongebob Would Feel Right at Home – Nudibranches

I had a few hours between meetings to explore the Shedd Aquarium, part of Chicago’s lakefront neoclassical cultural campus including also the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. The Shedd was conceived by John G. Shedd, designed by architect Philip … Continue reading

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Chas. J. Weinstein and The Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn

I got a call from a friend of mine who’s bidding on the restoration of one of the massive old movie palaces in New York City. The Loew’s Kings Theater opened in Brooklyn in 1929 with marble, crystal, velvet, and … Continue reading

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Pumpkins and Lanterns at Van Cortlandt Manor

Alix and I dragged the kids up to Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton on Hudson recently to see their annual pumpkin extravaganza. Aside from this hilarious seasonal confection, I diligently documented a few lights on the 18th Century house, lovely … Continue reading

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The Electric Light at the Intersection of Modern Art and Industrial Production

MOMA has an exhibition closing at the end of September of visual art organized around the theme of advertising the new mass availability of electricity. The exhibition “Electric Currents 1900-1940” is a group of poster art, two short films, and … Continue reading

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Chrysler Building Sconce

“I want you to have this thing, you’ll do something fun with it.” So far I’ve disappointed my friend Jo, who got this relic when she designed and ran the controversial and celebrated restoration of the Chrysler building lobby in … Continue reading

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Lure Atlanta

My friend Bill Peace and I had a tasty lunch at Atlanta’s South City Kitchen. When we were done, Peace took me for a preview of Lure, just down the block, a new restaurant he designed which was opening that … Continue reading

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Colonial Williamsburg

My family and I finally made it out of the foundry and later that evening got ourselves to Colonial Williamsburg. Site of much traditional craft, in action, more than on display, and in period costume to boot. I had to … Continue reading

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