of using “sets,” use authentic equipment to build the fixtures. For example,
the gauge lights featured over the bar are very theatrical and reinforce the
ship theme but everything is vintage using working pieces, not just facades.
We were able to bring the space into the future by using the latest lighting technology in period-relevant and respected ways to update the vintage fixtures. One
of the best examples includes the gauge lights over the Long Bar. We found 150
original gauges from around the U.S., all made in the U.S., that date as far back as
the mid-1800s and updated them using 4-color LED light strips with controls. On
an interesting note, as we were collecting the gauges and logging each one into a
master spreadsheet with the year made, who made them, who they were made
for, serial number, etc., we noticed around the 75th gauge that all were made in the
U.S., which is really rare. We took it one step further and decided that all materials
used in this huge custom light needed to be U.S.-made, from the black iron
pipe, the copper wiring, LEDs, the hardware, and more. The gauges also came
in a variety of materials including copper, brass, silver-plated, bronze, and iron.
I&S: How do you make the functional, fabulous?
MR: We respected the building and its history for what it was as a whole and
didn’t add anything that wasn’t relevant. We were authentic to all of the dec-
orative lighting, all of the lighting that is visible to guests. The ceiling pendant
in the Commissioner’s Bar is the original fixture and we completely rewired it
using LED technology creating a very high-tech fixture behind the glass. The
fixture is made of teak, bronze, brass, copper, steel, and glass. To the naked
eye, it just looks like a beautiful light in the all-teak bar, but behind what you
see is something completely different.
Another example is the vintage search light in the front of the Long Bar,
which is one of the first things you see upon entry. This was the last original
search light from the building and was just lying in the corner on the job site.
All others were broken, stolen, or lost. We decided to repurpose this search
light by working with a millworker to freshen it up and put it at the very center
of the bar.
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