City's Past Illuminated Through Historic Lighting Fixtures
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Jim Saxton, with chandelier and one of its four matching sconces from the old Paramount Theatre in downtown Fort Wayne.
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Hand carved, Italian alabaster fixture, rescued from the deteriorating, historic Beaux Arts residence of the William H. Noll estate, located on Fairfield Ave., south of Creighton Ave. (razed in the 1970's.)
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A pair of large 'Beaux Arts' period fixtures, 1915 dating. Originally adorning The Bank of Canada's main entrance in downtown Manhattan. Removed in 1994 during a building restoration.
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One of two French, Art Nouveau wall sconces. Procured from a Chicago dealer in historical lighting fixtures. Restored and installed in a Fort Wayne residence in 1997.
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Late mid 1800's French Chandelier, previously candle lighted, restored to electricity in the early 1900's and re-restored in 1995, now installed at a Fort Wayne residence.
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One of two early 1900's French Hotel sconces, restored in 1997 for use on either side of a bathroom vanity mirror. Procured for and installed in a local Fort Wayne Residence.
Fort Wayne landscaper, Jim Saxton, has a passion for rescuing historic lighting fixtures, which he traces back to his early teen years. That's when his job at the Paramount Theatre sparked an interest in lighting, as well as the city's rich past.
This work also familiarized Jim with the theatre's impressive lighting fixtures, which would prove helpful years after the building was demolished, when their crumbling remains were discovered heaped on a dirt floor, in and old warehouse.
To shed a bit more light on the subject, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Saxton into the studio to discuss where this ongoing passion has taken him, and the satisfaction he enjoys when an old fixture is refurbished, and finds a new home.