The Three R’s: Restoration, Replication + Retrofitting

Given our commitment to sustainability and our expertise using time-tested materials and techniques, the three R’s come naturally to us. We offer large-scale full-service restoration of historic lighting and retrofitting with today’s most energy efficient lamping. We can replicate historic fixtures even if the only reference left is a photo (see King Street Station case study for an example of a photo-based replication). The Three R’s support our commitment to reduce consumption by fixing and reusing rather than replacing. Old fixtures of historic value are usually very high quality and can be expected to last decades if not centuries with periodic maintenance. Retrofitting their lamping makes them as safe and efficient as any new fixture on the market. We are restoring the past and ensuring the future at the same time!

To contact us about Replication, Restoration & Retrofitting services, please find a lighting representative in your area, or otherwise contact us directly.

Capabilities & Experience
Select one of the projects below for a featured profile.

  • Restoration/Replication research for historic accuracy (including archival drawings)
  • Fabricating/Casting new components (bronze, cast iron, aluminum, stainless steel)
  • Replacing/Replicating globes, panels, etched glass, art glass (custom blow molds available)
  • Replacing all electrical components, rewiring (ETL listing / UL 1598, CSA C22.2 No. 250.0)
  • Energy-saving upgrades (CFL pin bases, hardwired LED, efficient lighting systems
    Please see Eleek’s Lamping Guide)
  • Disassembling, cleaning, stripping of old finishes
  • Refinishing, reassembling, and testing

King Street Station

King Street Station is Seattle’s historic train station. It opened in 1906 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Like many historic buildings, King Street Station endured some ‘less than sensitive’ remodels over the years. Original light fixtures were removed and disappeared along the way. Eleek was commissioned to replicate luminaires that went missing using historic photographs only—including 23 striking three-globed streetlights that line the station’s Jackson Street Plaza.

Three-Globed Streetlight Replication

How we restored this historic fixture:

  • Using historic photographs as a reference, we created archival drawings so that future restoration work can be performed to current specifications.
  • Conducted careful research to insure historical accuracy.
  • Created new tooling for the cast metal parts using old world patternmaking techniques as well as modern CNC-based techniques.
  • Created the new parts using sand casting and metal spinning techniques.
  • Applied client-specified finish to match other City of Seattle fixtures.
  • Sourced historically accurate glass globes for fixtures.
  • Utilized latest LED technology for energy efficiency and low maintenance.
  • Assembled, wired and tested each fixture.
  • Manufactured to UL specifications.

King Street Station Interior Work

Replication of interior pendants, chandeliers, wall-mounted fixtures and other decorative metal details throughout the building using only historical photographs.
Below are the photos used for the replication, followed by images of the completed restoration.


Pemco Webster & Stevens Collection. Museum of History and Industry.

Asahel Curtis








More Information

For more information about King Street Station, visit the Seattle Department of transportation page on the King Street Station Restoration

Portland Art Museum

In 1991, The Portland Art Museum acquired the Masonic Temple of Portland, an 80-year-old structure adjacent to its campus in Portland, Oregon’s downtown Cultural District. Its restoration was the culmination of a 10 year, $125 million master plan for the Museum’s revitalization and development. Prior to its renovation, the "North Building" was full of light fixtures of unknown origin. Although deemed to be historically valuable, there was no existing documentation as to who made them, where or when. Neither were there photographs showing what they had looked like originally. Since many of them were missing all of their glass globes, this created an interesting challenge!

This lighting restoration project included luminaires ranging from small single-lamp sconces to chandeliers five feet in diameter, from freestanding torchiers to large exterior sconces. The fixtures, reflecting a wide range of materials and manufacturing techniques, were in very poor condition, many of them coated in paint and not functioning.

Eleek submitted a competitive bid for this project and won the contract in December 2002. The work was completed and the restored fixtures were delivered to the job site in June 2005. The result is breathtaking and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The complex opened on schedule in October 2005.

The Restoration

We handled these delicate fixtures with kid gloves through the following steps:

  • Created archival drawings of each fixture style so that any future restoration work can be done to current specifications.
  • Conducted careful research to insure historical accuracy.
  • Disassembled and cleaned all parts, stripping paint and old finishes as needed.
  • Duplicated missing metal pieces by making molds from existing pieces and casting new parts.
  • Refinished all parts, using historically accurate patinas and protective coatings.
  • Replaced missing glass globes and panels, etched glass and art glass with historically correct replacements, building and utilizing adaptors as needed.
  • Replaced all electrical components and wiring.
  • Reassembled and tested each fixture.

18-Lamp Chandelier

How we restored this historic fixture:

  • All parts were stripped down to bare metal and refinished with a historically accurate finish.
  • Installed all electrical components to comply with UL specifications.

Archival drawing created by Eleek

Before renovation

The newly renovated fixtures re-installed

Gothic Pendant

How we restored this historic fixture:

  • All parts were stripped down to bare metal and refinished with a historically accurate finish.
  • All electrical components were replaced to comply with UL specifications.
  • Historically accurate glass globes and tassels were sourced and replaced.

Testing electrical components

Archival drawing created by Eleek

Detail pieces before and after finishing

The newly renovated fixtures re-installed

Five-lamp Ceiling Fixture

How we restored this historic fixture:

  • All parts were stripped down to bare metal and refinished with a historically accurate finish.
  • All electrical components were replaced to comply with UL specifications.

Archival drawing created by Eleek

Before renovation

The newly renovated fixtures re-installed

The Hotel Deluxe

Portland’s historic Hotel Mallory, built in 1912, closed its doors in 2005 to undergo a $6 million renovation and modernization. As part of this renovation, Eleek was asked to restore 23 original brass and crystal chandeliers in various states of disrepair. The hotel reopened in 2006 as the Hotel DeLuxe.

The Restoration

We handled these delicate fixtures with kid gloves through the following steps:

  • Conducted careful research to insure historical accuracy.
  • Disassembled and cleaned all parts, stripping paint and old finishes as needed.
  • Duplicated missing brass pieces by making molds from existing pieces and casting new parts.
  • Refinished all parts, using historically accurate patinas and protective coatings.
  • Replaced missing and damaged crystals as needed.
  • Replaced all electrical components and wiring.
  • Reassembled and tested each fixture.
  • Listed each fixture for ETL compliance (using UL specifications).

Newly renovated chandeliers installed at Gracies, the revamped restaraunt of the Hotel DeLuxe. See the Fixturing and Castings page to see how Eleek helped create original cast bronze signage for this restaurant.

An artisan at Eleek rewires a turn-of-the-century chandelier to meet today’s safety standards.

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