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GoNOLA Find: Bevolo Gas & Electric Lighting

No one can deny that the architecture of homes and businesses in New Orleans is unique, but if you take a closer look, you’ll find an iconic piece of history hanging right outside.

Prior to electric lighting, gas-lighting was the go-to for illuminating streets or homes in and around the French Quarter during the 1800s. From the 1940s onward, many of these lights came from Bevolo Gas & Electric, which still operates today. The company’s signature lights add a charming glow throughout the city and even by the doorways of modern homes all over the world.

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Gas lamps are part of New Orleans’ charm, and many of these lamps come from Bevolo Gas & Electric. (Photo: CJ Hunt)

“The original French Quarter streetlights were designed by my grandfather in collaboration with A. Hayes Town, the father of Louisiana architecture,” says Drew Bevolo, a third-generation owner of the company. “This design is the nucleus and trademark of our business.”

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A Bevolo craftsman works on lantern. (Photo: CJ Hunt)

Nestled in the French Quarter, Bevolo Gas & Electric is a hidden gem that is so much more than a shop. The warm and inviting flicker of lights will greet you and guide you into a display room featuring all shapes and styles of these hand-crafted lanterns – they have more than 500 styles to choose from.

This spacious room has also been a popular venue for weddings, receptions, and private parties, which is no surprise considering details like exposed brick and festive lighting.

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A close-up of a chandelier from Bevolo Electric & Gas. (Photo: CJ Hunt)

“My grandfather began manufacturing traditional and antique lighting 62 years ago, in 1945,” he says. “An immigrant from Italy to New Orleans, he built ships for the Navy during World War II. When the war ended, he started a metalwork company, which produced gas and electric lighting and metal accessories such as pot racks.”

Don’t forget to take a peak into their active workshop to see the craftsmen create these beautiful, one-of-a-kind lanterns.

Liz Beeson is an adventure-seeking marketing manager in New Orleans who loves the great outdoors and a good cup of coffee. When not plugging away at one of her many side projects, Liz can be found taking in a comedy show and exploring and photographing the many unique neighborhoods in the city.

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