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Winona Refinishes and Refits Lighting for Saint Paul City Hall
Many art deco structures have disappeared in the past few
decades, but the Saint Paul City Hall continues to be a tall and outstanding
monument to this style of art and architecture. The building itself is designed
with the streamlined and sleek lines that feature the signature style of art
deco and was built using a lot of the new material such as pressed nickel-based
"monel metal", plastic, and glass blocks. The interior of the City Hall is also
filled with excellent examples of art deco, such as the statue God of Peace which was carved in onyx by
Carl Milles in 1936.
The lighting of the building reflects its art deco roots and
is designed to bring out the smooth, sleek lines of both architecture and art
pieces in the City Hall. However, a lot of the light fixtures of this
exceptional building have begun to suffer from wear and tear and simple aging
over the years; which is no surprise, considering the Saint Paul City Hall was
built in 1932. Saint Paul teamed up with Winona Lighting, a lighting developer
known for delivering excellent results with custom lighting projects, to bring
back the original sheen and functionality of the unique lighting system
featured at the City Hall.
Winona's objectives were to replace the lamps of the light
fixtures using energy efficient modern light sources, to replace missing
interior and exterior parts, and to refinish the fixtures to its original glow
and beauty. These historic light fixtures were carefully taken down, packed,
and shipped to a Winona Lighting factory where they were fitted with
fluorescent lamping and electronic ballasts. Parts were custom-made to fit the
original design, such as glass disks and bronze accents.
The result was a set of brand-new looking and energy
efficient light fixtures that featured the original art deco soul of the Saint
Paul City Hall. The light fixtures were re-installed under the supervision of
Winona Lighting technicians to ensure that everything was in order and functioning
well. By working together, the city of Saint Paul and Winona Lighting helped
preserve an artistic and architectural icon.
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