16th Street Mall Light Post
Original light post from the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado.
The architectural firm I.M. Pei & Partners designed the 16th Street Mall along with landscape architect Laurie Olin (Hanna/Olin) and lighting designer Howard Brandston. The light fixtures are one of the three critical elements of the Mall, along with the granite pavers and planted trees. The ambience of Brandston’s custom-designed lighting served as an iconic piece of the Mall’s design. Brandston created ornamental lighting via fixtures that consisted of three small posts capped with a transparent globe. The light emitted through the globe at the top of the post offered visibility during both the day and the night. The lights’ original form and function were designed to offer layered, pedestrian-friendly light.
Donated to History Colorado by Historic Denver, Inc.
As part of the renovation of the 16th Street Mall, the original light fixtures were removed and replaced with replicas in 2016. Following their removal, the donated light fixture had been in the possession of Historic Denver, until its donation to History Colorado in 2020.