Century-old lamp posts at UGA undergo restoration

Century-old lamp posts at UGA undergo restoration

March 12th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

ATHENS, Ga. - The historic lamp posts on at the University of Georgia in Athens are getting a makeover.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that restoration of the century-old posts on the north campus began this week.

On Monday, workers began removing the 10 lampposts in front of the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building on North Campus and soon plan to start the renovation process with hopes of putting them back in time for summer graduation.

The project involves slightly repositioning some of the lights, putting in new circuitry and also updating the lamps with light-emitting diodes.

The original cast iron lampposts were installed in June 1914 by the Athens Rail and Light Company. They were the first row of electric lights at UGA and the first significant outdoor electric lights in Athens.