• Supreme Court of the United States

    Supreme Court of the United States - Washington, DC

  • Supreme Court of the United States, historic lighting design development

    Supreme Court of the United States - Design development

  • Supreme Court of the United States historic bowl pendants

    Supreme Court of the United States - New Historic Lighting by Crenshaw

Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC

Architect: RTKL

Lighting Design: Moran Coventry Lighting Associates

Hundreds of fixtures carry the family’s custom-tooled design which includes an egg-and-dart motif, a hallmark of the Court’s City Beautiful neoclassical aesthetic.

In 2005, Crenshaw restored and replicated historic pendants and created new historic lighting for the Supreme Court of the United States Modernization Project. The new historic lighting is a family of high-performance, period-style bowls with updated compact fluorescent lamping. These provide energy-efficient lighting and improved light levels, all with a historic fixture design in keeping with the Supreme Court’s neoclassical aesthetic.

For the new types, prototypes and custom tooling were created in several stages. Ultimately, a traditional egg-and-dart brass band was selected for the more ornate of the bowl styles. An early prototype design can be seen in our Product Detail. For these fixtures, a highly-engineered lamping scheme is composed of high-performance uplighting and decorative bowl illumination in dimmable compact fluorescent. The basic design is repeated across hundreds of fixtures in varying suspension lengths and configurations. A second, simpler fixture was treated in a similar fashion, as seen here in our Product Detail.

The total value for this project was more than one million dollars. Crenshaw worked closely with the lighting designer, Moran-Coventry, throughout prototype development and design specification.