Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights
Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights began in the French Quarter in 1945 when Andrew Bevolo, Sr. revolutionized the production of gas lamps. Utilizing a hand riveting technique rather than making brittle soldered joints, he created sustainable gas lights. Bevolo Sr. honed his skills while working for historic manufacturing companies including Ford, Sikorsky, and Higgins. His master craftsmanship and artistic style paired up with the talents of renowned architect A. Hays Town to create what would become known as the French Quarter Lamp. Try taking a step through the old French Quarter without catching a glimpse of this now iconic copper lamp and you’ll soon find that it simply can’t be done.
Fast forward over six decades later and you’ll see that this innovative company is still going strong, and still producing each and every piece locally by hand. Perhaps this might have something to do with third generation owner Drew Bevolo’s passion for the art form and his unique business education at the hands of his uncle. “After a successful stock broker career in Baton Rouge, I came down to New Orleans to help my uncle Jimmy, the company’s second generation owner, with the family business,” says Bevolo. “The company was in a natural state of transition, as most of the old world artisans were becoming harder and harder to find in an increasingly high-tech world.”
What started out as a job in the family business soon grew into a passion that Bevolo fully embraces today:
Proof of that fact isn’t hard to find. Bevolo lanterns grace not only New Orleans’ historic landmarks such as the Cabildo, Jackson Square, and Brennan’s Restaurant, they have also been sold to customers in all 50 states and 29 countries. This is one family business that has certainly branched out.
Where would one be without the other? A true original creation of the French Quarter, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights has embraced the romantic and artistic flair that makes this destination like no other. “The French Quarter lantern is a trademark of New Orleans,” says Bevolo. “This is a company that was born and bred here, using local artists and craftspeople.” Perhaps fueled by the flavor of a unique place, the flickering fantasy of the French Quarter lantern casts a romantic glow on an art form that, thanks to the Bevolo family, will never be lost.
Visit Bevolo at three locations:
521 Conti Street
68467 Hwy. 59
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