Sargent Hall, looking northwest, ca. 1919

Lighting history: Introduction

The architects McKim, Mead and White introduced electric lighting, a new technology in the late-19th century, into the design of the Library. Sargent incorporated both custom-designed electric light fixtures and daylight into his conception of the Hall, thereby enhancing his innovative use of materials and relief elements in the murals.
Sargent Hall, looking northwest, ca. 1919, lit by skylights and Sargent’s electric wall sconces
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