Maryland State House, Old House of Delegates Chamber, Annapolis, MD
Created an illuminated chandelier mock-up with lighting designer, testing lamp-diffuser relationships, patinated finishes, with historical detailing derived from photographic evidence. Building c. 1772, restored to 1878.
Rambusch collaborated in a design-assist function with the project architects, lighting designer and the general contractor. With few remaining historic documents, Rambusch relied on its experience with public architecture to create interpretive sketches and models, allowing the design team to set its direction for style, finish and form. Wheel-cut glass shades were mounted in patinated brass frames with satin polished details, providing the decorative highlights for the low-wattage incandescent lamps. First, the chandelier arm was built through collaboration with the lighting designer and team. Following this, a mock-up of one arm section of the larger chandelier was used to develop the wall sconces to assure design continuity. Rambusch created an illuminated mockup of the chandelier to visually confirm its design and light distribution. The design team found the mockup to be an invaluable tool to visually confirm both integration into the Old Chamber, and its lighting performance overall.