caldwell & co.

Friday, February 10, 2012

After seeing Edward F. Caldwell & Co. fixtures in a few places, I was interested in the man behind the firm. Originally Mr. Caldwell was a a portrait painter from Waterville, New York. He transitioned to working for Archer & Pancoast Manufacturing Company, makers of gaslight fixtures and eventually electric lights. While working for Archer & Pancoast, Caldwell was a part of significant commissions for the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. These included the New York State Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago), The Metropolitan Club (New York City) and the Boston Public Library. Under the encouragement of Stanford White, Mr. Caldwell launched his firm with Victor F. von Lossberg in 1894. ref, ref

Amazing samples of his work from the Smithsonian.

Bracket, John Jacob Astor III residence, New York City

Chandelier, Bank of Manhattan, New York City

Chandelier, University Club, New York City
Chandelier, Louise and Andrew Carnegie residence, New York City

Images from Smithsonian
ArchitectDesign™ said...

good lord -now THOSE are light fixtures!!

Parnassus said...

How come old buildings (museums, office buildings, courts, etc.) are replete with these kinds of fixtures, but when anything ornate is attempted today, it is hideous beyond belief and cheap-looking to boot?

Ann said...

Some anonymous poster said in Spanish that they hated these... sorry I accidentally deleted it and cannot figure out how to restore the comment. It is okay if you don't dig it, to each their own!

And guys, I so agree, these are the bees knees to me. :)