Casa Shops: Schoolhouse Electric



I first encountered the Schoolhouse Electric Co. when I was writing about The Ace Hotel in Portland, Ore. The Ace Hotel sourced their Edison light fixtures from the 150-year-old Portland lighting company to contribute to the quirky, vintage look they were going for. Schoolhouse Electric began when its founder discovered a collection of original cast-iron moulds in an upstate New York warehouse, all but forgotten for more than a half century. The collection represented some of the best examples of true American lighting design, and inspired the founder to replicate more than 100 light fixtures from the early 1900s to the middle of the twentieth century. Schoolhouse Electric's fixtures and shades are authentically American, and have a place in both historic and contemporary buildings, as well as everywhere in between. Since its establishment, the lighting company has discovered more fabulous moulds and fixture patterns, including collections of art deco, arts and crafts, early electric, transitional, art nouveau, colonial revival, and classic modern pieces, making it a go-to vendor for all of your luminary pursuits. Check out the gallery below to see some of their fixtures in place.

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