ONEN President Dutch Schulz received calls and emails from concerned neighbors wanting to know what happened. Dutch, along with neighbors Frank Wright and Tim Scanlon met with CSU and determined the standards, lamps and parts were safely stored in city warehouses. CSU intended to replace the 1930 Lamps with modern lamps with an ‘historic look’.
Instead, many of us want to have the ornamental lamps returned to their original locations. Although we anticipate City Utilities will participate in the reinstallation, a combination of grants and donations from private residents will assure the four lights will be refurbished so they will grace our neighborhood for another 100 years. The Old North End LampLighter Project was created to achieve this goal. Our extended vision is to install new replica lanterns in the entire Old North End as an effort to honor our rich historical past and continue to light the way home.
In talking with residents, it became apparent that there are still questions that need answers about why the lamps were removed and what role CSU will have in putting them back. There is a team currently involved in finding answers to these questions. As our research continues we will be offering neighborhood gatherings to answer questions and invite feedback and participation. Dates, times and locations will be sent out by email in the coming week.