The Antique Lighthouse

The Antique Lighthouse

The Antique Lighthouse makes an outing to Manayunk in Philadelphia worthwhile. Even this destination, a compound of former textile mills, requires looking closer, as it’s located several huffing blocks up the hill behind Main Street. Owner Rollin Wilber isn’t a particularly outgoing guy. But get him talking about his work, restoring lamps from the early electric era or converting late-nineteenth-century kerosene-fueled pieces, and he lights up. During our conversation, he offered to show us the room where he and his staff of six ply their trade. (Ask to see the 1,000-square-foot metal shop that’s also on-site.) Among other large pieces in inventory, a recently restored $21,000, 37-light Maria Teresa chandelier with sine-curve arms was dripping with crystals.