Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Let There Be Lights

The Gerber Building just got a little closer to what it was like when it was built in the 1920s, with the addition of globe lighting along Wilson and Broadway. You can see how similar the fixtures are to the original globe lights that lined the outside of the station in its heyday.

The lights and their fixtures have been gone for decades, but the old sockets remained right up until the time of renovation.

Back in 2009, Uptown Update posted suggestions of five ways the CTA could improve the Gerber Building. On our wish list was: "Add the same globe lighting you used at the Howard Street station to the exterior of the Wilson station. The old lighting sockets are still in place around the outside of the building (left)."

It's wonderful to see so many of the Gerber Building's original flourishes being restored, nearly a century after it was built.


  1. I don't know if that yellow tinge is just a camera side-effect or if it's real but it's very old fashioned and authentic. I like it.

  2. Beautiful! I drive by every day waiting for the arch to be restored!!!