Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: July 2, 2013
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman is pictured with Debbie
and Coy Green,
while Trait Thompson is pictured at right. Senate Chief of Staff
Randy Dowell is pictured at left.
The Senate Chamber is shown in 1920, with its original floor lamps
pictured around the boundary of the room.
Historic lighting fixture discovered, donated
to state Senate
After seeing recent media coverage of the discovery of long-lost
light fixtures from the Senate chamber, a Norman man finally understood
the significance of the large floor lamp he had been storing in
Coy Green said he purchased the lamp at an Oklahoma City swap
meet approximately 40 years ago for about $25. When Green saw
a picture of the Senate chamber in 1918, along with a story about
the discovery, he knew he had something special. On Tuesday, Green
delivered the lamp to the state Senate.
“When I saw the picture, I knew it was a Senate lamp,”
Green said. “We were very happy, and it’s good to
be able to do this – it needs to be home.”
Last week, 11 of the 20 original wall sconces were discovered
in long-forgotten attic space above the sixth floor of the Capitol.
The Senate is currently undertaking a restoration of a large conference
room on the fifth floor, which had been divided into multiple
offices decades ago.
Photos provided by the Oklahoma Historical Society show approximately
eight to ten floor lamps tracing the boundary of the Senate chamber
shortly after its initial construction. When fully assembled Tuesday,
the bronze lamp measured approximately nine feet in height.
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman said the donation will
give the Senate a chance to replicate one of the most unique features
of the chamber in its original condition.
“This is an important piece of the Capitol’s history,
and I’m pleased it has been donated to the Senate,”
said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “Whenever we can restore part of
our state Capitol to its original beauty, we can give Oklahomans
another opportunity to connect with their unique history.”
Trait Thompson, who serves as Vice Chair of the Capitol Preservation
Commission, said the discovery of the lamp would greatly benefit
efforts to restore the building.
“This is a wonderful find for not only the Senate but for
the state Capitol,” he said. “It represents a piece
of Oklahoma history that can be restored and returned to its rightful
place. We are very grateful to the Greens for their generosity
in returning this piece to the Senate.”
Randy Dowell, Senate Chief of Staff, said it was his hope that
the story would lead to the discovery and donation of additional
pieces of Capitol history. Dowell said anyone who believes they
may have an original piece from the Senate Chamber, such as a
lighting fixture or other decorative detail, should feel free
to contact the state Senate at (405) 524-0126, and ask to speak
with Dowell, Thompson, or Central Services Supervisor Roger Pirrong.