The original torchieres, which were natural gas powered, were melted down for the war effort. Since none existed to take patterns from, we reproduced them from historic photos and extremely detailed architects’ drawings from John G Waite and Associates.
Each torchiere is 14’ tall and is comprised of 70 components. Several processes were used in fabrication such as casting, metal spinning, lathe turning, machining, water jetting, welding, brazing, polishing, etc. We hand-carved approximately 20 different patterns and molds for both lost wax and sand cast components. The globes were custom made. All fixtures are UL approved.
Hand carved hub pattern (at mid point in the torchiere)
Job included bead blasting to original white metal, repaired wrought iron pieces, made molds & cast 2 new Griffin wings on the bases and 2 new zinc filigrees on top of fixtures, rewired, replaced fasteners & missing or non-matching glass
New cast Griffin wing
Closeup of restored piece
Closeup of restored lantern showing new cast filagree