Photo caption: Progress Lighting’s Pete Rotkis and This Old House’s Norm Abram worked together on the restoration of a classic 1879 row house in Washington, D.C.

When the producer of the Emmy award-winning “This Old House” PBS TV series invited Progress Lighting to be a part of Mi Casa’s urban renewal project in Duke Ellington’s old Washington, D.C. neighborhood, Progress Lighting happily agreed, providing selection guidance and lighting fixtures to a beautiful, yet neglected 1879 Italianate brick row-house in the historic Shaw neighborhood.
Located 10 blocks from the White House, the carefully restored row-house features fixtures from Progress Lighting’s Riverside, Savannah, Renovations and Avalon collections, along with ceiling fans, recessed lighting and exterior lanterns.
Mi Casa, a nonprofit organization, purchases, renovates and sells city buildings at below-market rates to low-to-moderate-income families. Along with architect Genell Anderson of the Amar Group LLC and Mike Mahvi of Venus Construction, “This Old House” helped restore this row-house and filmed an eight episode series that will follow the course of restoration from its boarded-up state to a gracefully restored three-bedroom two bath home. This Old House magazine will feature the project beginning with the May 2006 issue.
Headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., Progress Lighting offers more than 3,700 residential lighting products.