County Looking to Preserve Vintage Street Light Look

The county will replace street lights in south central and southeast Altadena.

As , the county is planning to replace streetlights in neighborhoods in south-central to southeast Altadena.

In response to that post, several commenters wrote that they liked the antique look of the street lights and wanted to preserve them.  With few details released on the plans, it was unclear at that point whether the county was definitely going to replace them or repair them.

It appears that the answer is that the county will replace them; however, according to County Public Works Department spokesmen Kerjon Lee, the county is hoping to put up new poles that are as close as possible in appearance to the current ones.

The work is planned the following streets: Layton, Meadowbrook, Allen, New York, and Sinaloa, New York, Midlothian, Minoru, Elizabeth, Oxford and Dominion.

The lamps have a unique look: They are light green, steel, and very sturdy looking.  Lee said that public works employees are trying to find a similar pole, though steel is not as commonly used as it once was.

"We recognize people are attached to and love the aesthetic appeal of the light poles," Lee said.

He said that replacement will be necessary because of rust and corrosion, but said that project planners have figured out who the original manufacturer of the poles are and have determined they are still in business.  They are hoping they can put up new steel poles, or in lieu of that, concrete poles designed to have a similar look to the current ones.

Right now, the department does not know exactly what the plan will be, Lee said, but they hope to have more answers in time for their December 7 public meeting.  That meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the .

Daniel E. Harlow November 21, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Last time I worked on this we determined the original manufacture is Union Metal you can see their site at http://www.unionmetal.com/products/decorativelighting.asp and they have done extensive work with Los Angeles City to upgrade and preserve the original street lights there. Please contact the county and encourage them to work with Union Metal and get identical replacements where possible from them.
Daniel E. Harlow November 26, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Many of the lights in this area are over 100 years old and are original to the area, I believe most of them are the Imperial http://www.unionmetal.com/nostalgia/imperial.asp or Metropolitan http://www.unionmetal.com/nostalgia/metropolitan.asp depending which street you are on. Daniel
Jenni December 16, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Keeping the look of the old lights is a priority. Bad lighting can be obtrusive and "light pollution" (street lighting that shines into your home) can be detrimental to a neighborhood. The aesthetic quality of our lights enhance the neighborhood.


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