Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 11, 2014
The Senate Chamber is shown in 1920, with its original floor lamps
pictured around the boundary of the room.
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 restored antique lamp.
Historic lamp back in Senate chamber
It’s been almost 100 years since the nine foot
tall bronze lamp shone its light at the state Capitol, but now it
is back in its original home—the Senate Chamber. Eleven others
just like it once helped light the chamber, although no one is exactly
sure when they were removed or where they were taken. But now the
lamp is back in the Senate, where it was first placed when the building
was completed in 1917.
“We are exceedingly grateful to have this historic lamp back
in the Senate chamber,” said Trait Thompson, Chair of the
Capitol Preservation Commission. “This beautiful piece is
a direct tie to the history of the State Capitol. It serves to remind
us of those who blazed the trail to create our wonderful state over
100 years ago.”
Last summer a Senate staffer was working in an attic space in the
Capitol building and discovered 11 of the wall sconces that had
originally been in the chamber. Coy Green, of Norman, saw a newspaper
article about the discovery and the 1918 photo of the chamber. He
immediately noticed the tall floor lamps and realized he had one
of them. He’d found it at an Oklahoma City swap meet some
40 years ago and bought it for about $25. It had been stored in
his barn ever since. He and his wife, Debbie, returned the lamp
to the Senate in July.
“When I saw the picture, I knew it was a Senate lamp,”
Green said at the time. “We were very happy, and it’s
good to be able to do this—it needs to be home.”
On Tuesday, Senate Floor Leader Mike Schulz pointed the lamp out
to members of the Senate and told them how the Greens had returned
the lamp last summer.
“It is in unbelievable condition for the life that it’s
been through,” said Schulz, R-Altus, adding it was hoped that
additional historic pieces would be discovered and returned to the
Capitol in the future. “If you see something that you think
might be of historical significance, bring it up and we’ll
Anyone who believes they may have an original piece from the Senate
Chamber, such as a lighting fixture or other historic pieces, are
asked to contact Thompson or Randy Dowell, Senate Chief of Staff
at (405) 524-0126.
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