Sargent Hall, looking north

Lighting history: Introduction (continued)

Over time, the lighting in the Hall underwent dramatic alterations. Sargent himself modified the lighting as part of the 1916 installation. After the artist’s death, a series of alterations were introduced to address leaks in the skylight and public dissatisfaction with the lighting scheme. Although well intended, these changes compromised Sargent’s conception of the hall. The 2003 restoration seeks to reinstate the artist’s intended lighting design.
Sargent Hall, looking northeast with the gallery lit by fixtures added in 1953 (1999 photo)
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