Lighting a local landmark: smart restaurant lighting design


The Catawba River winds a lazy path stretching more than 200 miles from the Appalachian Mountains to the heart of the Carolinas. And in Rock Hill, South Carolina, a World War II-era pump house watches over a landscape filled with river birches and towering pines that hug the water’s edge.

For 57 years, the pump house pumped millions of gallons of water daily from the river to the Celanese textile and chemical plant. But after the plant’s operations ceased in 2005, the structure fell into disrepair.

In 2014, local investors recognized a unique opportunity and snapped up the property. Restrictions prevented new waterfront construction, giving the old pump house the best views of the river and its wildlife. But how did the new owners turn a decrepit building into an upscale restaurant that puts a modern twist on rustic charm?

Eaton’s Lighting Division talked with Sales and Marketing Manager Alana Allen of The Pump House to learn how lighting design helped transform a crumbling concrete building into a dining destination.

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