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LEDs to power flame on Gas Light Building

An iconic building in Milwaukee will shine just a bit brighter, thanks to improvements to its lighting.

The owners of the Gas Light Building, 626 E. Wisconsin Ave., have equipped the flame-shaped light atop the 20-story office building with LED lighting.

The lighting system will allow more “dynamic lighting schemes” to be projected on the building’s upper floors, according to a news release from Wangard Partners. The Milwaukee-based developer provides on-site management services for the property manager, Chicago-based M & J Wilkow.

With the new technology, the light can remotely access 11 different local weather systems, allowing it to autonomously change color according to weather predictions. A red-colored flame indicates warm weather is ahead, while a gold light means that forecasts call for colder weather. A blue flame means there is no change in weather is expected, while a flickering flame indicates a prediction of either snow or rain.

The office tower was built in 1930 with an Art Deco architectural style. The classic stepped tower was designed by Eschweiler & Eschweiler. The 21-foot light, weighing four tons, was added to the top of the building in 1956. A joint venture between M & J Wilkow and Richard Driehaus, a Chicago businessman and philanthropist, acquired the building in 2015.

Menasha-based Faith Technologies, Milwaukee-based MainStage Theatrical Supply and Santa Clarita, Calif.-based Visual Terrain performed work on the LED lighting project.

About Alex Zank, alex.zank@dailyreporter.com

Alex Zank is a construction reporter for The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1820.

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