The Federal Building and Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas stands as a testament to depression-era austerity. Constructed adjacent to the Alamo, one of the Country’s most revered landmarks, a selective restoration of this historic gem was completed in 2012. Built through the Federal Public Works Program of the 1930’s, the project is a beautifully executed example of the Beaux-Arts classicism.
As part of this LEED signature renovation, lighting played a key role in revealing the building at night from Alamo Plaza. Interior period chandeliers were restored and modernized with current LED-based sustainable technologies. The historic lobbies were restored to their former grandeur, including the thoughtful illumination of its frescos depicting San Antonio’s place in Texas history. Carefully selected light source color spectrum profiles heightened the revelation of the sensitive materials.