• University of Michigan Hutchins Hall

    Hutchins Hall, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI

  • University of Michigan Hutchins Hall

    Hutchins Hall, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI

  • University of Michigan Hutchins Hall restored chandelier

    Hutchins Hall, University of Michigan - Restored Bronze Chandelier

  • University of Michigan Hutchins Hall new custom chandelier

    Hutchins Hall, University of Michigan - Partial Replica Chandelier

Hutchins Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent Architects

Lighting Design: Gary Steffy Lighting Design

The original chandelier is beautifully made of cast and hammered bronze.

Lighting for the University of Michigan’s Hutchins Hall project in 2009 involved restoration of historic pendants and creation of new, historic-style fixtures. These included a series of Gothic-style drum pendants, ceiling mounts, and a chandelier that was created new as a partial replication of a historic fixture, which was also restored for the project. The original chandelier is beautifully made of cast and hammered bronze, which requires a process too involved for the project’s scope and budget. Instead, the partial replica recreated the original design in very heavy-gauge brass finished in a tumbled, aged patina. Ceramic metal halide uplights and a central downlight were added to the new chandelier for higher light output. Crenshaw also provided exit signs in numerous styles such as pendant-mounted, wall-mounted, and ceiling-surface-mounted single- and double-face formats, all of which were ultimately used in multiple buildings throughout the university.