The Edmond Sun

February 21, 2014

Historic lamp back in Senate chamber

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — It’s been almost 100 years since the 9-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.

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.”

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 Randy Dowell, Senate chief of staff, at 524-0126.