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The Noted Passing of Gene Leedy

Gene Leedy was known as the father of the Sarasota School of Architecture, and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. This renowned architect passed this week at the age of 90. Leedy was born in Isaban, West Virginia. His parents subsequently moved the family to Gainesville, Florida, where they opened a small family restaurant. After high school, Leedy entered the University of Florida, where he studied architecture. He married his wife Kathryn Home and settled down in the town of Winter Haven, Florida, where he opened an architectural firm. In 1954, he was commissioned to build his first recognized work, the ‘Sparrow House.’

His design philosophy resulted in a phenomenon of modern architecture, a unique collection created during a period of over fifty years. Leedy produced innovative work with pre-stressed concrete, which led to his creation of double T beams. These techniques have left an enduring legacy and impacted both the past and future of architecture.

The work of Leedy has been recognized with countless awards and accolades. His steadfast conviction to this modern design philosophy resulted in his work being recognized on a global scale. The work of Leedy continues to transform the face of the architectural community and the spaces beyond.

Notable Commercial Work

Cypress Gardens Bank, Winter Haven, Florida, 1965

City Hall, Winter Haven, Florida, 1960

Keiltronix Office Building, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1987

Taxdal Medical Center, Winter Haven, Florida, 1986

Flagship Bank, Orlando, Florida, 1975

Chamber of Commerce, Winter Haven, Florida, 1990

Walden Lake Country Club, Plant City, Florida 1985

Commerce Bank of Central Florida, Winter Haven, Florida 1990

American National Bank, Winter Haven, Florida, 1962

Brentwood Elementary School, Sarasota, Florida, 1958

First National Bank of Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, FL 1963

Notable Residential Work

House for Contemporary Builders, Sarasota, Florida, 1950

Craney Homes, Inc, Winter Haven, Florida, 1956

Weaving/Thomasson house, Winter Haven, Florida, 1956

Navickas Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1957

Dormon Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1963

Libby Residence, Winter Park, Florida, 1957

Sands Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1965

Sparrow Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1954

Brogden Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1979

Miller Residence, Plant City, Florida, 1985

Carlton Beach House, Boca Grande, Florida, 1985

Lifsey President’s House, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 1994

Smith Beach House, Boca Grande, Florida, 1985

Solomon Residence & Studio, Siesta Key, Florida, 1970

Strang Residence, Winter Haven, Florida, 1970

Strasberg Residence, Longwood, Florida, 1982

From the ADG Jobsite

Custom pendant at Newport Coast property!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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ADG Lighting Custom Fixture Featured On Dering Hall

ADG Lighting designs, fabricates and manufactures lighting fixtures, architectural ornamentation, and metal work in all styles. Our versatility can be seen in our wide range of work on a number of residential and commercial properties. The versatility of our work includes projects in transitional architecture, traditional architecture, contemporary architecture, historic architecture, and high-end architecture.

Dering Hall offers an entirely new approach to furnishing a home—and one that makes hunting for that perfect bespoke sideboard a dynamic and enjoyable experience. Our partnership is ideal, as we offer unique and creative design solutions for a discriminating clientele. We are proud to share our recent feature on the Dering Hall platform.

We are grateful to be a featured professional this month with Dering Hall — check out our featured fixture!

Pre-Vintage Spanish Chandelier

Adg Lighting 90540 Spanish Chandelier 4 Lighting Ceiling Iron

From the ADG Jobsite

Lighting at a Malibu vineyard pool for a complete modern makeover!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

Featured Professional – Ian Saude, Ian Saude Lifestyle

Ian Saudē was born in Hollywood, California and was raised on California’s idyllic Central Coast. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and studied English Literature and Classics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude. Soon after, he moved to Katmandu, Nepal principally to study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation techniques with several of its greatest living masters. This is still his single greatest passion. While in Katmandu, inspired by the ancient traditions of craftsmanship, Ian Saudē indulged his abiding love of art and design by collaborating with local artisans, metal smiths and weavers to create jewelry and objects which formed the basis for his first accessories collection – so dividing his time between his new work, and other educational, spiritual and charitable pursuits.

Ian also has a beautiful line of handwoven rugs and bronze work displayed in his San Luis Obispo showroom. You can learn more about his showroom here!

Outdoor walking tour around spanish style mansion with lighting designed by adglighting.com

ADG and Michael Berman: Sketching the Possibilities

outdoor living space by luxurious pool created by adglighting.com

When two creative forces meet over a sketchpad, the possibilities are endless. There is nothing more exciting or gratifying than to explore ideas and concepts of a design, then translate that into visual possibilities on a sketchpad. That’s how innovation in design is created!

Over the years, we have had the distinct pleasure of creating possibilities with one of the most prolific and creative designers in the industry, Michael Berman. Michael is a premier designer in the Los Angeles area who has created breathtaking projects for numerous high profile clients and properties on a global scale. With over 25 years experience, Michael has been able to translate the vision into reality in such a creative and thoughtful manner, that he has become of of the most in demand designers in the industry. The key to our success is that we have been able to understand Berman’s needs and precisely execute his vision. He is one of our favorite designers!

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Sitting down with Berman is such a satisfying and energizing process. Over the years, we have been able to collaborate on many noteworthy projects, such as GUESS co-founder Armando Marciano’s Beverly Hills residence (now currently owned by Elton John), a beautiful estate in the Carmel Valley area of Monterey, and numerous other projects in the hospitality and restaurant industries, including design collaborations at the Arroyo Chop House and the Parkway Grill in Pasadena.

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Recently, we were able to collaborate on a project for the annual Modernism Show in Palm Springs, CA. His project was met with astounding acclaim — Berman stated that the ADG floor lamps were the “hit of the show!” We are honored to continue our creative exploration with a design icon like Michael Berman.

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Visit our website and explore our creativity. See how easy it is to innovate and collaborate with ADG Lighting! Feel free to contact us at 818-597-9494 or email us at info@adglighting.com. To get the ADG creative process started immediately, go to adglighting.com and check out our Custom Request portal.

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Bringing Design Talent to Beverly Hills

Hi, my name is Gerald Olesker, the creative mindset behind the collaborative groups derived from Architectural Detail Group, ADG Eco Lighting Products and ADG Lighting. As part of several capital improvement projects occurring throughout Beverly Hills, we were selected to design and fabricate several light fixtures for the city’s new monuments. I would like to take a moment and share the story with you.

ADG Lighting Beverly Hills signage project

Image credit: City of Beverly Hills

Working in conjunction with contractor ICON West Inc., the award-winning Agoura Hills based lighting firm fabricated several monument light fixtures for two gateway features, located at the intersections of Wilshire/San Vicente and Olympic/Spalding. The custom LED light fixtures, which met Title 24 requirements, were designed at ADG’s Agoura Hills design studio. All of the fixtures were then fabricated in ADG’s Chatsworth, California manufacturing facility. The design team at ADG has also been instrumental in designing decorative lighting and metal work for 23 homes in the famed Beverly Park neighborhood. The current remodel of Spago Beverly Hills is ADG’s latest restaurant couture lighting project for the city.

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We were thrilled at the chance to be a part of such an important project. These gateway monuments represent the face of Beverly Hills, and we took pride in helping fabricate these monumental light fixtures. As part of the plan by the city, the gateway signage will be incorporated at several different entrance points into Beverly Hills. Recently, we were featured in the Beverly Hills Patch for our work in lighting design and architectural ornamentation.

We have fabricated other monumental fixtures for several other large scale projects, including the Pershing Square Building and the Ambrose Hotel.

Pershing Square Building Energy Consulting And Historic Lantern Lighting By ADG Eco Lightng

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Of course, we are very proud to participate in the Beverly Hills project and look forward to being a part of the historical landscape that makes the city a choice for refined, luxurious and stylish living in the Los Angeles region.