Architectural Lanterns
Defined: Custom Architectural Exterior Lighting designed to adapt exclusively to architecture, build structural equity, meet ordinance requirements, and most importantly satisfy the return on investment.

Could you say that your exterior lighting satisfies any of the following:

  • Reflects architectural ornamental features of structure
  • Satisfies local Historic district requirements
  • Builds immediate reseller equity in total property
  • Meets and exceeds local appropriateness requirements
  • Accomplishes both historic lighting and low energy requirements

If you are not sure of any of the above, consider reviewing some of the following examples, and you should agree in conclusion that a return on your investment should be assured, either in buyer equity, savings against replacements, or tax savings.

Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park, PA
Whiskey Rebellion Site circa 1772 located in Allegheny County, PA.

Scope of Luminary adaptive requirements: 
To satisfy origination with period materials, tooling and exacting period joinery methods used during the 1700’s. The following would be adaptive features included with each post fixture that complement structure and grounds:

A-Main homestead geometry of windows would be reflected in Lantern cabinet base lens, angle of roof line to that of upper lantern chassis, B-concluding with crown chimney to reflect local landscape flora.

Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park, PA
Oliver Miller Homestead
Victorian Period Lanterns

Observe in the 1837-1901 Victorian post oil electric Lantern left structural spire ornamentation from roof line to that Lantern cap, coupled with cornice art above windows to that of Lantern frames. 


Allow us to satisfy your lantern architectural adaption requirements!

The following right reflects how lantern types as locally produced during said period would originate typically by same local maker thus sharing physical fixture elements that family in multiple mounting locations.

Observe that fixture features are period correct and present exclusivity with chimney ornamentation as denoted for wall, ceiling, and post mounted fixtures. 

1800’s Conover Farm House, Middletown, NJ
Caot of arms Also included would be resident’s coat of arms shown left, typical for main entry lighting to acknowledge local heritage and ancestry.

It’s all in the elemental adaptive details when it comes to meeting exterior features that really present the
“WOW factor” or curb appeal to your project.

 19th century garden lanterns

Period garden entrances with included dusk to dawn controls easily demark exits or visitor access points. 

Such fixtures with included knee height period illumination highlight the essence of structure in day or evening settings, and with LED technologies such lighting produces a RTO based on quantity.

When historic districts and or commercial revitalization speaks to specific types of heritage fixtures, the following example is based on research regarding the Germanic Moravians or a type used in said community.
Moravian Post Lanterns

Historic districts typically require residents to comply with luminary standards of fit, form, and function plus adapt to other structures in same said community.

Mounting requirements in the following example would have been nearly impossible for the Building contractor, and or Architect to have sourced outside of a lighting fulfillment specialist like MCFelk-Shoptin L&D.

Site: Richard Butner house-Salt flax house, 501 Salt Street
Historic District: Old Salem, Winston-Salem-NC

Beyond standards such as DOI 67.4 historic features-specific to lighting fixtures, many historic districts have a designated authority to work with the property owner to comply with historic district standards.

The authority or resident architectural historian for said historic district directed that wall bracket adapt to feature as illustrated in exhibit (A) or as observed on the Herbst House located on 511 S. Main Street.  The resultant equivalent feature was engineered to meet and exceed UL1598 for a wet location for both hanger and fixture as reflected in (B)

Herbst House Old Salem Adaptive Lanterns

It is all about the details regarding authenticity and adaptive historic lighting fixtures!

Old Salem Post Lantern Designs

From period hardware to ornamental adaptive features, MCFelk-Shoptin L&D presents exquisite detail to earmark your lighting project, from concept to completion, interior to exterior, select the best!


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