Of the 700 plus fixtures created or restored for this project, the five immense front portico lanterns made a lasting impression on our team. It was an awe-inspiring experience to witness the quality of these fixtures up close.
The Thurgood Marshall U.S. Federal Courthouse towers 37 stories above Foley Square in lower Manhattan. It was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert in neoclassical style in keeping with most important federal buildings of its era. Construction on the courthouse was completed in 1936. It is flanked by equally distinguished historic buildings, including the New York State Supreme Court Building and Manhattan Municipal Building, among others. In 2001, the courthouse was renamed in honor of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice. It is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In 2008, Crenshaw was awarded the contract to provide a large portion of the decorative historic lighting for the restoration of the courthouse, which was completed in 2013. In all, more than 700 fixtures of 19 types were restored, replicated, or fabricated new in period style for the project. Our partners were Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, Domingo Gonzalez Associates, and Chelsea Lighting. The knowledge, expertise, and professionalism of this team was critical to the successful completion of this project.
Of particular note are five monumental bronze lanterns restored for the front portico entrance. These fixtures are eight feet tall, are constructed of highly ornate cast bronze, and weigh more than 1,000 pounds each. It was an awe-inspiring experience to witness the quality of these fixtures up close. Additionally noteworthy are nearly 400 cast resin ceiling rosettes which were replicated from six distinct, original plaster rosette designs and fitted with aimable louvered MR16 downlights. The lighting had to meet New York City egress lighting codes, and Crenshaw worked extensively with the specification team to achieve this aim.