The Richardsonian Romanesque mansion and its carriage house were painstakingly restored to their original beauty while incorporating modern features as well as remedying the mistakes of the past, which included linear fluorescent surface luminaires and screw-base compact fluorescent lamping.
Throughout the arduous project, the design teams were attentive to maintaining the mansion’s historic look and feel. Great care was given to preserving and highlighting the intricate details of the building, such as damask wall coverings, mosaics, Tiffany glass, ornately carved and pierced woodwork, plus stenciled and hand-painted ceilings.
A 2700K color temperature was selected to encourage a warm ambiance and create a home-like, yet formal, feel. Because of the original design details, providing power to the new lighting locations was a challenge. There was no access from above as all of the ceilings were existing and to be maintained. The solution was for the construction team to route the wiring and controls through nearby closets and hidden shafts in order to maintain the interior aesthetics.
Best of all, the design team estimates the property will save 56 percent on its [lighting] energy bills even while increasing the illumination levels and adding visual interest to its unique architecture. The hard work paid off with an Honorable Mention in this year’s Eaton-Cooper’s SOURCE Awards in the Professional Commercial category.
Design Team: Marian K. Perez, LC, MIES
Architect: Jeff Kidder, AIA, Kidder Wachter Architecture & Design
Engineer: Karpinski Engineering, Cleveland, Ohio
Photography: Lisa Wilding, Karpinski Engineering