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Commercial Lighting Restoration Study: Ancaster Town Hall

09 December, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment



ancaster town hall chandelier

 

Ancaster Old Town Hall is a landmark historic building located on Wilson Ave East in the heart of Ancaster. Managed by the City of Hamilton, the 1870s edifice is a popular, versatile venue that hosts weddings, celebrations and community events. The objective was to restore the existing chandeliers, compliment them with custom designed lighting made by us, retrofit the lighting for LEDs and make it bright!

 

Consultation:

 

First we had to conduct a site visit to examine the existing lights and make recommendations for new lighting in surrounding areas. The 2 chandeliers dated from 1910 and have presided over the community for over 100 years.

 

before lighting restoration in ancaster town hall

 

Hanging 15' up in the air, detailed photos were taken and analyzed for restoration. We used our experience to determine the construction of the lights, the condition of the finish and prospective ways to increase light output through the discreet use of LED lighting. Lumen requirements for LED's were measured by calculating the total square footage which gave us parameters on which bulbs to choose.

 

Behind the Victorian arch on the main stage, there were 4 book matched locations for lighting. 2 of the locations were ideal for smaller chandeliers to provide general lighting for intimate events. The other 2 acted as spotlights meant to be used for plays concerts and presentations. Butting up against original plaster crown molding, the spot lights would be a fun challenge to design while the other 2 chandeliers had to be complimentary to to the main chandeliers. Everything was to be in made of solid brass for quality and finish.

 

 

Proposal and Quote

 

Once we complied and analyzed all of the information from the site visit, we condensed all of the information into core requirements. They were:

  1. Historic sensitivity

  2. Light output

  3. Longevity

  4. Environmental and energy requirements/savings

  5. Quality, pride and budget

 

LED filament bulb available in TorontoMultiple options were presented to the City detailing lumen requirements, restoration options and lighting fixture choices accompanied by photos and renderings. Because it's an expansive public space and the chandeliers are hard to access, LED lighting was recommended on all of the lights. They provided:

  • 70% greater brightness

  • 10x longer life from light bulbs (30,000 hours over 3000 hours)

  • 90% energy savings

  • Labour savings (do not have to change bulbs as often)

  • Warm colour temperature quality from LED filament bulbs

The City of Hamilton choose one option that incorporated high intensity COB LED's discretely placed in the chandelier along with decorative LED bulbs on the perimeter. Complimentary bespoke lighting was chosen for over the stage including LED spot lights handmade out of brass and finished to match all of the other lights.

 

 

 

Pick up and temporary replacements

 

Chandelier rentals torontoGiven that the hall was in constant use during wedding season, we supplied period reproduction lighting from our Custom Collection. They were altered to suit the hall and illuminated with the same LED filament bulbs specified in the proposal. The original chandeliers were cataloged and brought to the shop to visit the restoration doctor.

 

Restoration and Manufacture

 

Restoring lights is full of surprises. These were no different. Garland, garland.......lots of garland. It was Christmas in July with ancient remnants of decorations past.

 

Disassembling was straightforward and there were no areas of concern with dents, damages, breaks or splits. Where required, we do all necessary repairs including soldering, brazing and small sand casting to replace parts. High quality in their day, these chandeliers were commercial grade and wonderful to work on.

 

metal finishing and restoration torontoOur master finisher handled the 36” spinning's on the high speed polishing wheels where 35 years of experience was put to the test. The result was an incredible antique brass finish replicating a period finish from the era the lights were made.

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custom brass spotlights

 

Insetting the LED's was a little more challenging as we had to discreetly hide the lights, hardware, and driver in the core of the chandelier. Attention to detail, balance and functionality were key. The end result was utilizing the existing structure to mount the LEDs and accompanying heat sinks.

Custom spotlights were created from the drawings in the proposal. They were to match the finishes of the chandeliers, use high powered PAR 30 LED bulbs, be adjustable and fit in a confined space.

COB leds on antique light restoration

 

For over the stage, our Custom 5 Light Wakefield was an ideal match for the 2 chandeliers and spot lights. Handcrafted out of brass, everything was of the same finish and quality.

 

Delivery and Installation

 

Taking something down is easier than putting it up.

 

We like to make things easy to put up.

 

Instead of being 1 unit, the chandeliers were separated so they could be installed in 2 pieces. Easier for electricians to handle and less room for error or damage.

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When installed and illuminated, they were pure magic. The center light LED's illuminated the room and having the 2 sets on separate switches meant the light levels could be adjusted to suit any mood.

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Conclusion

 

Large scale restoration projects are a detailed process but so very rewarding. The City of Hamilton was ecstatic with the restoration, placement of LEDs and functionality of the lights. From start to finish we worked with the City to update them on the status, coordinate with the electricians and deliver on time and budget.

 

The end result was nothing short of awesome. We do a lot of retail client rewires and restorations but it's challenging commercial lighting projects like this that we love. Thank you Carolyn Samko and everyone at the City of Hamilton for giving us the opportunity to be apart of the history of Ancaster Old Town Hall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Updates

26 August, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

It's been an exciting August for us here and although we've been quiet on the blog front we've been busy in the shop!

 

Here's a teaser as to what's going on with more posts to follow soon.

 

Restoration Destination

 

Currently we have 2 large scale restorations taking place right now. The first is a commercial project in Ancaster for the lighting at Old Town Hall. A local landmark and architectural gem, the City of Hamilton contacted us to restore the existing chandeliers, add more lighting in to the hall via LEDs and design complimentary lighting for the stage area. Due to the size and historic nature of the chandeliers, we have been dutifully working away at bringing them back to life while updating them for LED lighting as part of our green initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second project is kind of a love affair as it involves beautiful historic chandeliers in a beautiful historic Toronto home. We were contacted to remove many period and original chandeliers from the clients home for restoration. In most cases clients will bring the lighting fixtures to us but in this case, due to fragility of the crystal chandeliers, we went on site to remove them. This included taking them down from the ceiling, taking apart and labeling and packing them onsite. Stunning to begin with, we can't wait to see the chandeliers restored and the reaction the homeowners have to seeing back in in situ.

 

Along with these, we are also working on some great client goods ranging from Art Deco floor lamps to a set of original European wall sconces from a Toronto house.

 

 

 

 

LEDs and Vintage Lighting

 

Our LED filament lightbulbs are a hit and we've had to up our supply to keep with the demand. And why wouldn't they be a hit? Same light quality as an incandescent, greater brightness, 90% energy savings and 10 times the longevity.

 

As our ongoing commitment to energy savings, we've been steadily retrofitting our 2300 sq ft showroom with LED bulbs. The difference is striking when you walk in. Greater light, sharper highlights and less of an environmental impact. Loving it all around!

 

New arrivals

 

New Stock abounds and we've got some great lighting in from different eras. An amazing 1870s gasolier is one of the highlights and one we have't seen for a long time. Restored with its French Bronze finish and antique shades, its a showstopper in the front of the showroom. Victorian gas lighting and Mid Century modern lighting seem to be the most popular this summer which is great. 2 distinct eras and styles all under one roof. Our new arrivals page is always updated and there's going to be a lot coming up in September!

 

 

 

New Designs

 

We've been hard at work letting our collective imaginations run wild and have some new designs to show for it!

 

 

There's more to come on that front and we're excited to debut them in the fall. All made in house, by hand, they'll add to our expansive line of custom lighting.

 

 

A Wall Sconce named Audrey

23 July, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Our handcrafted custom items at Turn of the Century Lighting are exciting, wonderfully designed fixtures that show off our metal working skill and finishing ability. We have created many items over the years from Silver Teapot Chandeliers to overscaled Modern Mica and Brass Fixtures. We enjoy restoring antiques, but we love to design and create.

Our first custom wall sconce was created the mid-1990s. It was called the Audrey, named after a wonderful employee at the shop who worked here in the 1980s and 1990s. This sconce was sold for many years before it was eventually discontinued.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/audrey-candle-single-light

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About a year ago, we rediscovered the beauty of the original Audrey design. Not as ornate or detailed as many of our elaborate fixtures, traditional yet clean and beautifully finished. We decided once again recreate this fixture. In a short time period, our Audrey family of wall sconces has become one of our most popular.
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The Audrey Wall Sconce was created as an affordable, yet beautiful wall sconce. Traditional in nature yet clean enough to work in any interior, this sconce can be custom made in any of our finishes. Complimentary to any existing light fixtures in a home, and a work horse with each socket giving a minimum of 60watts of light.

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With the renewed interest in this sconce, we decided to create two additional sconces. First an Audrey that incorporates a glass shade instead of the candle. This sconce is very versatile, gives great light, and looks as good going up, as it does going down.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/copy-of-elmwood-single-light

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The other sconce we just recently introduced is a double light version of the Audrey. With two sockets instead of one it gives up to 120watts of light, and only a 4-1/2” projection. This makes it ideal in dark, narrow hallways, or any room requiring good light.

http://www.tocl.ca/products/copy-of-audrey-candle-single-light

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All three of these Audrey Sconces are available in all of our custom finishes, and in any quantity.

http://www.tocl.ca/search?q=audrey

Currently we are once again looking into the past for more inspiration with new designs in the fall. Keep checking our website for new additions!

Spadina House Lighting Restoration Circa 1983

14 July, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

We love restoring lighting for historic buildings and houses and have been doing it for over 30 years.

 

While going through some old photo albums, we came across one of our first notable jobs which was the lighting restoration work we did for Spadina House (Toronto) in 1983. For those that don't know, Spadina House is a landmark museum/historic home that was once owned by the Austin Family (Consumer's Gas, Austin Terrace) and is now operated by the City of Toronto as a museum. Although it sits in the shadow of is grander neighbour Casa Loma, Spadina House is a way better museum that offers a glimpse into an authentic family home spanning over 150 years.

 

When it was bequeathed to the City in 1982 by Anna Thompson, the house was a time capsule with original interiors, furnishings and lighting dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. In need of restoration, we were called in to handle all of the lighting except the crystal gasoliers in the main parlour. From Eastlake to Art Nouveau, the lighting was high end for each time and very rare.

 

These are some snapshots of the fixtures in there as found condition. All hanging on the ceiling prior to us restoring them. They are all still present in the house and incredible to see today.

 

This is ones of my favourite chandeliers of all time. Originally gas, its from the 1880s and the porcelain center is exquisite. Love the arms with hands holding the lights with the gas keys underneath. Was most likely wired in the 1920s judging by the clip on shades. We restored the original finish and fitted the gasolier with period shades. Currently hangs in the front hall.

 

 

 

This paneled glass opal dome was originally gas even though it was made to look like electricity. It would have been sacrilege to have electric light in Spadina House as James Austin was the head of Consumers Gas.

 

The 1880s gasoliers in the main parlour are just as nice then as they are now. Real show stoppers with their original etched crown top shades and crystal. One of the few gasoliers that has never been converted to electricity as they still are illuminated with gas to this day.

 

Another great example of as gaslight made to look electric. In this case, it was electrified but only externally. You can see the wire taped to the side of the post with the gas on/off shut off valve above the dome.

 

Detail from the ornate billard light hanging above the pool table. The chandelier dates from the late 1890s but was retrofitted with Welsbach and green opal shades in somewhere around 1915. Looks like the shade hadn't been dusted since then as well. 

 

 

Part II : Vintage Photos from our Neighbourhood

10 July, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

A few weeks back we showcased vintage photos from our Sherbourne Street neighbourhood and talked about the transformation of the area and accompanying buildings. It's hard to distill the colourful evolution of the neighbourhood in a few snapshots so that's why have part 2 to share with you here. I wish I had time to take after photos but being as busy as we are, we'll have to settle on these little time capsules.

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Anyone that's lived in Toronto for a while, works in the neighbourhood or even visited is a witness to just how much it's changing daily. From the industrial age to the information age, condos, offices and educational institutions have supplanted manufacturing and churn out a different product in 2015.

 

For now, lets just look at a bygone era. One that was a little grittier.

 

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Goodwill Buy The Pound. I miss the Goodwill complex almost every day. It was a great place to kill time, do some picking and find some treasures. The Buy The Pound warehouse was housed in a beautiful Art Deco factory which sadly met the wrecking ball to make way for a condo. Located at the corner of Adelaide and George St, that's where you went to buy clothing in bulk. And was it ever busy!

 

 

Factory on the north side of Richmond St east of George. The loading dock was still active in this mixed use factory. In the 90s and early 2000s, Richmond was in transition and a lot of these mixed use industrial buildings were operational but in disrepair. Currently converted to offices, it houses animation studios and George Brown College. Love the old windows!

 

The Bank of Upper Canada and De LaSalle Institute. One of Toronto's earliest and most interesting buildings, it's looking really forlorn in this photo from the 60s. Parking is hithero and it might have been when the building was used as a meat processing plant of all things! Was once the Bank of Upper Canada and a target of William Lyon Mackenzie's rebellion. Didn't go so well for Billy Boy. Restored over 30 years ago, it's a gem!

 

Erected in 1907 for the Sovereign Bank of Canada, this Edwardian gem has a distinct Renaissance revival treatment to the facade. Standing alone before the King George condos went up around it, it looks pretty dignified.

 


Standing on the west side of Sherbourne Street just south of King, this small factory/warehouse has undergone and amazing transformation. Once home to the furniture company Biltmore, it now houses Jardin de Ville which is an outdoor living boutique shop.

 

 

 

I love this photo. There's a calm to it before the giant wave of commercialization swept through King St East. Looking north up Frederick st the factories are still and it's just one person going about there day with parking lots on the horizon. I dare you to look at it now with George Brown College anchoring the view.

 

 

The gray paint disappeared in the mid 2000s along with photo studios and a cool Scandinavian installation artist that use to have a studio on the main floor. Richmond street east is more uniform now but these mixed use and painted facade factories were everywhere.

 

 

 

 

Wall Sconces Explained..........

30 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Wall sconces are a stunning addition to any room.

 

 

 

 

From mood to task lighting, they are versatile in their function as they are in their design. If you are renovating or building a new home and if there are no pre-existing sconces or designs for them.......PUT THEM IN!! You will not be disappointed by how great they look and how they add a new dimension to the room when lit.

 

 

Antique and Vintage Wall Sconces.

 

It goes without saying, these are really, really cool. Outstanding design and craftsmanship are all hallmarks of antique and vintage sconces along with beautiful glass and light quality. From converted gas sconces of the Victorian era to Art Deco slipper shade wall sconces, we strive to carry a diverse range of styles. Pairs of antique sconces with antique glass or re purposed industrial wall lights are the most popular right now as a lot of home owners like the character and history they both provide. Art Deco is always hot as well as any single sconces that are unusual where people only need one.

 

Although they give great light, the majority of our antique and vintage wall lights are more decorative and feature intricate metal work, designs and patterns that will never be repeated again. We like to stock lighting that make us go “WOW” as we know our clients will feel the same.

 

Custom Line of Wall Sconces

 

When it comes to our Custom line of wall sconces, that's where we really shine. With 12 unique finishes, 20+ glass shades and numerous modifications available, we pride ourselves in the options available and the fact that we make them right here. That's huge as there is no shoddy overseas manufacturing, lack of warranty from the retailer or cheap materials used. All of our sconces are made of solid brass and can be done in a range of brass and patina finishes. With brass making a comeback in the design world, we're one of the only companies offering brass wall lighting.

 

Our styles range from contemporary to traditional with many being available in single, double and triple light configurations.

 

When it comes to lighting up a room, they are all rated for 60-100 watts per socket and are both decorative and functional.

 

When selecting wall sconces, there are 3 things you have to keep in mind.

 

  1. Light. The most important of course. How much do you need and will that require single or multiple arms?

  2. Direction. Ties in with the first point. Pointing up will provide more dramatic illumination as they light washes the wall and provides a warm glow. Pointing down and the sconces are more directional and illuminate surface areas like bathroom sinks etc. For either side of a fireplace or in a hallway, we recommend up lighting if you have the space. For all others, down lighting is more optimal for tasks.

  3. Size and projection. You may get 1 and 2 right but too big or too small and you're in trouble. Unlike dining room lighting, there is no guideline or equation for establishing the right size so you'll have to exercise some planning. Projection is another element to be mindful of as they can't stick out too far unless there is a sink or an object below. Building codes allow for a minimum height on the wall to prevent accidents and if you are unsure, consult your local building code.

 

Our specialty is antique, vintage and custom lighting done really, really well. When it comes to sconces, we know just what's right for form, function, style and history if you are doing a period reno. From bathroom task lighting to bedroom reading lights, we have you covered.

 

 

Adventures in Hamilton

23 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Hamilton is Toronto's cool older cousin.

 

You know the one you don't see for a couple of years but then one day rolls up in a mint 69' GTO that they bought for a song. You wonder where they got such a find only to realize that muscle cars are everywhere there.......just happens that those muscle cars are incredible old homes.

Working on the historic lighting at Dundurn Castle the past couple years (post coming soon), I've had the opportunity to explore Hamilton here and there and really love the topography, streetscapes and architecture that exists. Grand old buildings, leafy streets and funky neighbourhoods all tucked against the Niagara Escarpment makes for a great city. You can say there's an “image” or a “bad rap” to the city but unless you experience Hamilton's charms first hand, you don't know what you're talking about or you never leave Toronto.

 

This past weekend, the family and I had the pleasure of visiting Hamilton on Father's day and it was the best Father's day this pops could ask for. We started in the Durand neighbourhood which is an architectural museum in itself. Huge Victorian and Edwardian mansions spoke of a time when industry ruled supreme and the money flowed.

The stone row houses on Sandyford Place on Duke street were incredible to see and I had vision of what 1850s gas lighting would have originally been in them. From there, we went to Locke Street to walk around, get lunch and do some exploring. My son loved the toys at Kid Planet and we got him to burn off some toddler energy at the H.A.A.A grounds. From there we explored more of the Kirkendall neighbourhood and walked south down some amazingly peaceful streets.

 

 

 

Old period homes are everywhere and you really get a strong sense of pride in the neighbourhood and the people that live there. I really loved how well a lot of the home were preserved and lived in. In some Toronto neighbourhoods where the entry level home is $1 million and the renovations mirror conceptual art, it was nice to see what a 1920s four square looks like after 90 years of just being taken care of. Period lights were everywhere as well and some houses were virtual time capsules from when they were made. Having sold a lot of lighting to Hamiltonians, it was great to see the context in which they live and I can see why they treasure their homes.

 

I can gush and go on about the city but you really need to see it for yourself. If you are looking for things to do, Dundurn Castle is a must along with Locke Street, Ottawa Street (antiques) and even just roaming around downtown. In many cases, it reminds me of what Toronto was 20 years ago and how quickly it changed. There's a lot of energy and movement there and you will not be disappointed with a visit. Oh yeah...........the people are awesome!

 

To learn more about Hamilton, check out Adam's blog Fresh Brick for incredible features on old homes or I Heart Hamilton which is a pretty fun blog.

 

Go Ti Cats Go!

Exceptional Antique Lighting From Our Past

19 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

At Turn of the Century Lighting we pride ourselves on quality, but also variety with antique fixtures spanning time periods ranging from 1850-1970, with a strong emphasis on pre-world war two lighting.

We are always looking to round out our collection of lights to provide choice over many styles. With so many fixtures that can fit into so many homes, we often encounter special fixtures that stand out, and leave a lasting impression in our minds. Some of the fixtures were exceptionally beautiful, and some exceptionally unique, but the common thread is that they were all exceptional.

Below are a small sample of some of the wonderful fixtures that have found great homes over the years.

Art Deco Lighting:
Art Deco Lighting can be a difficult style for us to source and maintain in our showroom. There always seems to be more demand than supply. With their geometric, and linear nature, Art Deco fixtures work wonderfully in modern and traditional spaces. It can breath new life into traditional spaces, and give personality and uniqueness to new spaces.

Antique Art Deco Lighting Table Lamp

 

Arts and Crafts Lighting:
Arts and Crafts Lighting has a timeless quality. It's always a favourite in exterior, cottage, and even modern spaces. The simple lines, beautiful craftmanship, and empasis on useable light make this style amongst some of the most versatile.

Arts and Crafts Mission Antique Lighting

 

Victorian Lighting:
Victorian Lighting can take your breath away. This type of lighting often has a grander scale to suite larger spaces with higher ceiling heights but also exquisite refined detailing.

Victorian Gas Antique Lighting

 

Art Nouveau Lighting:
Art Nouveau lighting when done well argueably has no equal with a strong empasis on line, organic yet exquisite detail, colour, and perfect asymetric balance. It can mimic nature in It's most beautiful forms.

Art Nouveau Antique Lighting

We have many amazing Art Deco, Arts and Crafts, Victorian, and Art Nouveau fixtures currently in our showroom, and online as well as lots of Tudor, Industrial, Mid Century Modern, Gothic, and Colonial Revival Fixtures.

Check out: http://www.tocl.ca/collections/new-arrivals for our newest arrivals.

Vintage Photos from our Neighbourhood: 1970s - 1990s

16 June, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Old Toronto is our home and we've been in the Sherbourne St corridor for over 30 years. In that time, we've seen a lot.  Factories turned into lofts, condos sprouted from parking lots and endless businesses and people come and go.

Like most of Toronto, the past 20 years have resulted in an amazing amount of change in our neighbourhood. The city has grown up, grown out and grown expensive. It's exciting to watch as it is to be apart of. Although it pains you to see certain changes or lose certain neighbours, you have to embrace it all the same. 

These are just some of the many snapshots we've collected from our Toronto base. They mainly focus on Sherbourne Street, Britain Street, George Street, Richmond and Adelaide. Mainly from the 70s, 80s and 90s, a different Toronto is reflected. There's not as much polish then as there is now and that makes it all the more interesting. Hope you enjoy!

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Our new digs at 112 Sherbourne St being renovated in 1988. Although we currently occupy all three houses, the first two were bought in the 80s. We were at 118 Sherbourne before in what is now the Harris Institute

 

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That's us with The Door Store and the Glass Studio at 118 Sherbourne. Was a great location and a great old factory as well. Now home to the Harris Institute.

 

Sherbourne Street looking south from Richmond St East in the early 80s. Now Studio City, those factory complexes once made pianos. Heintzman pianos to be exact! You can see the outline of "PIANO" in between the second and third story window. The fence marked "Honda" is now a condo with a Tim Horton's on the main floor.

 

 

The former home of Waddingtons Auction House on Queen St  East in 1982. Now converted into hard loft condos, the gallery was a major anchor for the Queen Street East antiques scene in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

 

The north east corner of George and Britain Street in the late 70s. Great old factory building that housed a mechanic, apartments and a photo lab. Still standing, the building is now home to Design Lab and Sarah Richardson Designs. It's altered but still there!

 

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If you drove by the corner of Sherbourne and Richmond now, you would not ever recognize this photo. Looking south down Sherbourne Street, the Imperial Lofts building was yet to be converted and parking was like City TV in the 80s......Everywhere. Now two large condo's anchor the corners.

 

 

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Lofts from $115,990......in Toronto? Loving the 90s font on the Imperial Lofts sign.

 

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The corner of Queen Street East and Shebourne in the late 70s. Check out those land yachts! Surprisingly. the corner still looks the same and is as colourful as ever.

 

Sherbourne and Britain Street in the early 90s. Remember the "depot" craze for businesses? Corner still looks the same but Britain street is remarkably different.

 

 

 

 

 

Timeless Beauty and Function: Antique Floor Lamps

12 June, 2015 1 comment Leave a comment

Antique Floor Lamps are amongst some of our most popular types of lighting fixtures at Turn of the Century Lighting, and it's no wonder. Many homes from the Turn of the 20th Century until even today are without a central ceiling fixture in the living room, and other common areas. 

Floor lamps are often the work horses for illumination in living and common areas. Less architectural and permanent than ceiling or wall lights which cannot be moved, Floor lamps can be used where you need light the most.  Beautiful, versatile, and portable, we often perform a great number of rewires on these types of lamps, as they travel with their owners from home to home.


The two types of lamps that we tend to see could be categorized as Floor Lamps for Task Lighting and those for Overall Room Illumination.

 

Task Lighting

Bridge Arm or Reading Types lamps look great and provide task lighting. Positioned beside a Chair or beside a desk, they give perfect directional light whether reading or sewing etc.

Below is a catalog image of some bridge arms sold in the 1920s.
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We fully restore these types of lamps with new wiring, and fit them with timeless handmade or antique shades that look great today.
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Overall Room Illumination

Torchiere or Trilight Lamps are fantastic at giving overall room illumination, and can create a beautiful focal point in a space. The light quality is fantastic on these lamps, as they accept trilight bulbs, and are taller to cast a greater arc of light.
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Sofa Lamps - Task Lighting and Overall Room Illumination!

Some types of lamps served both purposes. Sofa Lamps are amongst the most popular as they are great for overall room lighting with a central “torchere style” uplight for room illumination, and candles below to give softer task lighting for those sitting underneath the lamp. Below is a great 1930s catalog image with a sofa lamp, and explation of how these lamps served these multiple needs.
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We fully restore Sofa Lamps with new wiring, refinishing as necessary, and pairing them with a variety of shades that work well in contemporary or tradtional spaces. Below are a few of the restored sofa lamps we currently have in the showroom.
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In addition to restoring floor lamps for ourselves, we love rewiring, or fully restoring client lamps too. Feel free to bring in your Floor Lamp to get it working again.

Check out the Antique Floor lamp section of our website for all of our selection, and keep checking as many new ones are currently being restored!

http://www.tocl.ca/collections/antique-floor-lamps-1

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