123 S. Broad Street

This project involved the duplication of two chandeliers destroyed in a fire (due to a metal halide arc tube explosion).  The original chandeliers were likely manufactured by the Allied Crafts Company of Philadelphia, a long defunct company.  Challenges included the exact duplication of the existing painted finish.  The fixtures had been converted from incandescent to metal halide and the UV radiation from the MH lamps faded the metallic pigment.  Any part of the fixture, originally gold, with a sight line to the lamp was faded from gold to silver in varying degrees.  Duplication of the existing finish was important as there are several dozen matching fixtures in sight of the damaged fixtures.  Finding the needed 1940s era Holophane lenses was also difficult.  The original art glass had also been removed and replaced with plastic, contributing to the fire.

Original materials and processes were used throughout. 

 

  

 

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