Lighting Civic & Historical Properties:
Palace of Fine Arts

Ross De Alessi Lighting Design > Civic & Historical Gallery > Palace of Fine Arts

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Aesthetics, energy efficency, vandal resistance, and maintainability were tantamount design considerations
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
Ross De Alessi’s relighting of Bernard Maybeck’s Beaux Arts-style historical monument combined extensive historical research and private fundraising with an arduous civic and community appeals process. Before it could be installed, the lighting required and received approval from The Recreation and Park Commission (the owner), The Arts Commission, two neighborhood associations and The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board.

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Of paramount concern was concealment of fixtures both day and night
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
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All ground mounted fixtures were enclosed in catchment basins which matched the building's color and material
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
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The art panels are illuminated with simple sign lighters
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
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The 25' Priestesses of Culture are highlighted inside the rotunda
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
1991 - Paul Waterbury Award of Excellence, International Illumination Design Awards, IES
1991 - Award of Excellence, International Association of Lighting Designers
1990 - The Edison Award, General Electric