Sunday, January 8, 2012

Passionate About: Historic Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast Inn Features Vintage Appointments

Historic 1922 Starkey House still features many original architectural appointments such as vintage light fixtures manufactured by the Miller Lighting Company of Meriden CT.

Original Miller Company wall sconce at
1922 Starkey House 

Ceiling lantern circa 1920 manufactured by Miller Lighting Co.
in the main hall of 1922 Starkey House Bed & Breakfast
These fixtures were designed to be powered by electricity, but those before were kerosene oil lamps. Although I replaced some of the fixtures according to decor and safety requirements you will still see and use the many wall sconces, chandeliers, and pendant-style lights that were original to the house when it was built in the early 1920's.

Hand-painted glass domes and shades on hanging pendant lights as well as wall sconces were very popular. These lights are still hanging at the house and can be enjoyed in the Sycamore and Catalpa rooms, as well as in Robin's Nest. The delicate details are virtually undisturbed.
Vintage hand-painted Miller Lighting Co. wall sconce at
1922 Starkey House in the Finger Lakes, NY
The richness of color and aged hues capture your eye. I am interested to find out more about the patterns and color choices. Any artifact that was hand-painted by artisans from so long ago intrigues me.
Hanging hand-painted light pendant in Catalpa Room of
1922 Starkey House Bed & Breakfast Inn
Vintage Edward Miller ceiling fixture hanging in hall at
historic 1922 Starkey House in the Finger Lakes NY
 Ceiling fixtures from the Edward Miller Lighting Company at 1922 Starkey House remain in the upstairs hallway and the third floor loft area. This photo shows the brass and perfect condition of the details that this manufacturer was noted for during that time. 

I am interested to know more about these fixtures. I do know that the Miller Company sold some or all of its business to the Rochester Lighting Company here NY which is probably where they were purchased from by C.Raymond Brewer, the original owner of this grand house in 1922.

Please feel free to respond by E-mail to with any information you may have about these vintage light fixtures.

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