Featuring: William W. Cook Law Library Reading Room, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Lord Aeck Sargent Architects, Gary Steffy Lighting Design. Photo: Curt Clayton.

H istoric restoration lighting and new historic lighting represent some of Crenshaw’s most important work. Through work on projects such as the Pennsylvania State Capitol & Annex, the Virginia State Capitol, the U. S. Department of Justice, Thurgood Marshall U. S. Federal Courthouse, the William W. Cook Law Library Reading Room at the University of Michigan, and other National Register of Historic Places buildings, Crenshaw has proven its ability to faithfully execute to specification the highest level historic lighting work in the industry.

Thurgood Marshall U. S. Federal Courthouse, New York, NY
Thurgood Marshall U. S. Federal Courthouse – New York, NY
Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA
Virginia State Capitol – Richmond, VA
Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum, Baltimore, MD
Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum – Baltimore, MD
Paramount Theatre, Boston, MA
Paramount Theatre – Boston, MA
Historic Replica Chandelier for U. S. Capitol Room S-238, Washington, DC
Historic Replica Chandelier for U. S. Capitol Room S-238 – Washington, DC

The high skill levels of our craftsmen, our attention to detail, and our deep experience with a wide range of historic lighting styles and fabrication processes has led the most exacting specifiers to specify us time and again for their important projects. Crenshaw is equally adept at simple wash, rewire, and UL code compliance restoration work, with a project roster too lengthy to count.

 

Significant Historic Lighting Projects

The following represent our most significant historic lighting work. All were projects valued at $1M or more, for which Crenshaw was the primary or sole historic lighting provider, and can be viewed in more detail in our Portfolio.

Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA

Museum quality ornate chandeliers replicated in cast brass and custom wheel-engraved glass. The Capitol Preservation Committee and Brinjac, Kambric and Associates.

U. S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Art Deco cast and fabricated aluminum fixtures restored, replicated, and created new in many styles and sizes over three phases. GSA, Moran-Coventry Lighting Associates, Gilbane Construction, and Ennis Electric.

Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC

New and restored City Beautiful style bowl and globe pendants in ornate solid brass and high-performance compact fluorescent lamping over multiple phases. Architect of the Capitol, GSA, the Hillier Group, Moran-Coventry Lighting Associates, Grunley Construction, and Singleton Electric.

Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA

New period correct Jeffersonian pendants, sconces, and ceiling fixtures to coordinate with restored original sconces and post mounts, in ornate cast brass and bronze, custom wheel-engraved glass, and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamping. The Hillier Group, Gary Steffy Lighting Design, and Christman Constructors.

William W. Cook Law Library & Hutchins Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Restored monumental gothic pendants, nickel and brass table reading lamps, brass stack lights, and pendants; new custom pendants, ceiling mounts, and exit signs. Lord Aeck Sargent Architects, Gary Steffy Lighting Design, and Phoenix Construction.

Thurgood Marshall U. S. Federal Courthouse, New York, NY

City Beautiful era restored, replicated, and new custom historic pendants, monumental bronze lanterns, brass table reading lamps, stack lights, and plaster ceiling rosettes. GSA, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, Domingo Gonzalez Lighting Design, Cauldwell Wingate Company, and Chelsea Lighting.

Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, DC

City Beautiful era restored and replicated pendants and sconces, monumental bronze bracket lanterns, and ceiling fixtures over multiple phases. GSA, RTKL Associates, Grunley Construction with Gilbane Construction, and Singleton Electric.

Ariel Rios Federal Building, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

Restored and new custom Art Deco cast and fabricated brass and nickel plated fixtures, many in an ornate zodiacal theme. GSA, RTKL Associates, and Grunley Construction.

U. S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

Historic restoration and new historic lighting in many styles across multiple phases (ongoing). GSA, MCLA, and Ennis Electric.

 

Noteworthy Historic Lighting Projects

The following projects, while not monumental in scale, were notable for their unique historic significance, and for the particular restoration and replication work required.

U. S. Capitol, Room S-238, Washington, DC

City Beautiful era chandelier replicated from low-resolution photographs in ornate solid cast brass, fitted with high-performance compact fluorescent lamping. Architect of the Capitol.

Law School North and South Commons, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Exterior gothic lanterns replicated in situ via digital scan. New custom exterior pendants, sconces, and post mount lanterns,  interior sconces, pendants, ceiling fixtures, and exit signs. Lord Aeck Sargent Architects, Gary Steffy Lighting Design, IDS, and Walbridge Construction.

Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Restoration of ornate wrought iron and monel Samuel Yellin pendants and bracket sconces to retain original oil and wax finishes with compact fluorescent lamping, and new period correct companion fixtures. University Architect and Fisher Marantz Stone Lighting Design.

Market Street Bridge, Harrisburg, PA

Cast iron monumental pier mount lanterns and bracket sconces restored to original metal profiles, finished in marine grade paint, and fitted with long-life induction lamping. Brinjac Engineering and Carr & Duff Construction.