“Shhh… Artists at Work,” gently suggests a hand painted entry sign to Ragdale. Located near downtown Lake Forest, Illinois, this magical place serves as a peaceful artist retreat. Once the summer home of Chicago based Arts & Crafts architect, Howard Van Doren Shaw (1869-1926), Ragdale now offers 2 – 8 week residency programs for over [...]
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Plating is the method we use at Brass Light Gallery to create many of our finishes and provide a layer of corrosion resistance. Combining chemistry, electricity and a bit of black magic, electroplating attaches a layer of metal onto another piece of metal. For example, our Polished Nickel sconces, are solid brass with a layer [...]
In 1910 electricity was fairly new and not wide spread. Some of the fixtures sold at the time were mere adaptations of gas-light styles, absent elaborate Victorian decoration. For example, solid stems on ceiling fixtures to encase pipes running gas were incorporated in early electric lighting designs. By the 1920s most urban and suburban homes [...]
An American Foursquare is a popular early 20th century house plan with a square or rectangular footprint, usually with 2-1/2 stories, four main rooms on the first floor, a full-width front porch and a hipped roof. American Foursquare Houses can be found nationwide & are also sometimes referred to as Prairie Boxes or Square Plans. [...]
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 [...]