Saturday, December 20, 2014

San Antonio: Historic 1892 Courthouse

As an architectural lighting designer, I am involved in quite a variety of projects - from hotels and casinos to corporate offices and retail malls.  Every once in a while a unique project comes my way and the Bexar County Courthouse was one of them.  Built in 1892, the courthouse underwent several transformations over the next century.  We were brought onto the design team when this National historic landmark was slated to be restored to its original design - which including removing a middle floor that had been aded.  I spent plenty of time with white gloves in historic architectural archives researching what original lighting existed.  The final design involved developing replica gas/electric lights - pendants and sconces to emulate the look at the turn of the century.