The DAR plans to restore the lay
light with the highest standards
of historic preservation and
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Maintenance personnel used this
wooden plank for support when
cleaning the lay light panels.
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In addition to the structural
issues of the lay light, other
important elements will need to
This device holds the
chandeliers and must be hand
cranked to lower the chandeliers
to the floor for any cleaning or
There is evidence of cracking in
the lay light glass, as seen
here to the left of the circle.
An example of a properly placed
support wire at the intersection
of the cames (left) and an
improperly placed support wire
There is also evidence of metal
corrosion on the lay light
panels. Zinc corrodes when
While it is hard to see in
photographs, one of the greatest
concerns for the lay light is
Here you can see a clear example
of how improperly placed support
wires are contributing to...
This detail shot shows some of
the debris that has accumulated
on the top of the lay lights. It
Each lay light panel is made of
decorative pieces of rolled
glass held together by zinc
cames. They are...
Previous poor repairs to the lay
light - done many decades ago -
appear to be contributing to...
In order to create the panels,
it is believed that first their
unique designs were created.
An image of the center panel
from above showing the water and
The most visible sign of age and
decay from below is the dirt
buildup on the glass,
particularly on the...
The center panel has accumulated
significant dirt buildup due to
water leakage from the cupola
From photographs taken from the
floor of the Library, the
ornamentation looks black
because of the...
Decorative ornamentation is
applied on the underside of the
lay light panel. The metal
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