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The Dairy at Central Park

Prize(s) Winners in Heritage Lighting
Company Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Lead Designers Michael Hennes, Renata Gallo, Amer Alchama
Architecture Company Central Park Conservancy
Client New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Photo Credits Timothy Schenck Photography
Completion Date December 2021
Project Location New York, NY
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Entry Description
The Dairy, an 1870 Victorian Gothic cottage nestled within Central Park, serves as an information center and gift shop. Its renovation and new LED lighting bring the structure to life by allowing the loggia’s wood construction to read clearly, and highlighting the exterior gables and rooftop tower.

LED strip lights concealed behind ornamental wood trim highlight the gables, and uplights in the roof tower illuminate its interior. The fixtures’ thoughtful placement conceals them from view, directing focus to the lit structure. The gable lighting expresses the contrast between the stone building’s solidity and the wood loggia’s lightness.

2 ¼” square, linear fixtures with an asymmetric distribution uplight the ceiling structure. Painted to match the woodwork, the fixtures blend into the beam just below the roofline to which they are mounted. Discreet, adjustable downlights add fill light at the building entrances.

Photometric modeling enabled a clear visualization of the completed project for the Client.

The Central Park Conservancy declares that “The lighting transforms this historic structure into a true destination; an absolute gem of a landmark that all can experience anew."