Posts Tagged ‘restoration’

Frank Lloyd Wright System Built Home

The American System-Built Homes were Frank Lloyd Wright’s solution for providing affordable architect-designed housing.  This freshly restored, 1915 American System-Built Home Model B1 is one of six Wright homes on a single city block, in Milwaukee WI.  This cluster is the largest existing grouping of Wright homes.  It was rescued by Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program to save and restore.

The restoration of this Wright home at 2714 Burnham Street was funded in part by Save Americas Treasures, a public-private partnership between the National Park Service and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.construction on Frank Lloyd Wright home

A two-bedroom one-bathroom home, the Model B1 is tiny by today’s standards at approximately 800 square feet. The meticulous restoration brought the home back to the 1916 appearance taking 13 months from start to finish.

Many fine local craftsman and professionals contributed their skills and expertise toward the restoration including, Uihlein Wilson Architects, Beyer Construction,  Acker Millwork and the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Historic Preservation Institute at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Brass Light Gallery was selected to make three custom reproduction light fixtures to replace missing originals.  In addition, Brass Light Gallery restored the 11 surviving original light fixtures and all the window, door and cabinet hardware.

“It is important for the soul of the community to have works of art like the Wright Buildings on Burnham. People who visit gain an understanding of architecture, what Wright was about, what he contributed uniquely to this country,” said Mike Lilek, who oversaw the restoration.

The 2714 Burnham Model B1 home is open for tours, through Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program Inc.

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The word “art” has almost lost its meaning these days.  We use this label to identify even the most pedestrian of  accomplishments.  What is becoming rare in our disposable society are the talents that can resurrect what was once lost and bring it back to its original integrity. The gentlemen that work in the Restoration Department of Brass Light Gallery have a combined total of 26 years experience restoring Vintage and Antique treasures.  Between their practical and aesthetic expertise, they breathe new life into neglected pieces that now have the opportunity to bring pleasure into the homes of an entirely new generation.

Restoring Vintage Chandeliers

Restoring a vintage chandelier

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Autumn.  Leaves turn bright hues, air becomes crisp, and daylight becomes a rare commodity.  Funny, you didn’t realize during the dog days of summer how gloomy that corner of the living room got or how you can no longer do paperwork at that desk by the window.  It’s usually at this time of year we see an increase in calls for lamps. This time last year we were in the midst of setting up our new showroom and restored lamps were in short supply. But, fear not, we have a selection of  unique vintage floor, table and desk  lamps that will bring warmth and illumination to any room. Go to our vintage site to view a remarkable assembly of one of a kind vintage/antique lamps.

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