IESNYC presented Grace Church Reilluminated

As part of 2015 Open House New York Weekend, the IESNYC presented a special seminar exploring the restoration and relighting of Grace Church, a Gothic Revival masterpiece, designed by James Renwick in 1846.

Lighting designer Stephen Bernstein, IES, IALD, a founder and principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (CBBLD), and project manager Kevin Daly of Walter B. Melvin Architects who collaborated on the restoration and relighting of the church spoke about their work on Saturday, October 17, 2015.     

Says Bernstein, “For the first part of the Church’s renovation we were challenged to enliven the Church and restore its elegance, drama and sense of wonder.”   
Grace Church, called “one of the city’s greatest treasures,” is a National Historic Landmark, and a designated New York City Landmark. The relighting of Grace Church received a 2015 IES Illumination Award of Merit.

“Introducing the public to excellence in lighting design is part of the IESNYC’s mission,” says Brian Belluomini, president of the IESNYC and a principal at Shimstone Design Studio. “The reillumination of this church is one of the most beautiful and extensive restoration projects in the city.”

The event was free and open to the public. 

Photography: Robbie Lawson, Taylor & Boody Organbuilders


Photography: James Romanik

Photography: James Romanik

Photography: James Romanik




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