• Becky Fifield

Light Me Up – The First Electric Street Lamp

One of the unexpected gems is the artistic and scientific wonderment that is the first electric street lamp, invented by Charles F. Brush of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1879. You can see it today in Public Square. Heady with Victorian ornament, the lamp’s ornamentation is a glorification and worship of scientific discovery. I love how vines securing the lamp to the corner of the Key Bank building appear as if they threaten to engulf it, like ivy growing over the bricks.

Read more about Charles F. Brush here.


RL Fifield 2012.


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