Illuminating Design: The Decoration and Technology of E. F. Caldwell and Co., 1895-1959
March 6, 2020 to December 31, 2020
This exhibit will explore how design and technology allowed E. F. Caldwell and Company to offer a variety of lighting and decorative items in order to attract business and remain competitive.
E.F. Caldwell was a New York firm which created and manufactured high-end lighting and interior furnishings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Examples of the company’s work are in many of the mansions built (or remodeled) during the era including, those belonging to the Vanderbilts and famed architect Stanford White in New York City, the Patterson House, Anderson House, Hillwood and the White House in Washington, D.C., and others in the Carolinas and Florida. All the DAR buildings that make up the headquarters complex have examples of E.F. Caldwell fixtures, most notably in the PG’s Assembly Room, PG’s Reception Room, the Genealogy Department offices and stairwells in the Administration Building.