Thursday, August 20, 2009


Edward F Caldwell & Co., est. 1895, manufactured custom-made lighting fixtures for America’s leading architects and designers including McKim Mead & White, Carre & Hastings and Cass Gilbert. An early innovator in electric lighting, the firm combined the new technology with traditional ornamental metalwork. Working into the mid-20th century, their commissions included many public buildings including The White House, The New York Public Library and Radio City Music Hall.

Over 35,00 photographs and drawings from the company’s archives are available from
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library’s online digital database.