Unique Chandeliers for Darby House
In 1935, John W. Galbreath purchased Darby Dan Farm, a country estate situated on a rolling creek just ten miles west of Columbus, Ohio. Over the next few years, Galbreath, an international developer, sportsman and philanthropist, expanded the property from the original 110-acre Amish farm to a sprawling 4,500-acre estate for breeding thoroughbred horses. The farm produced several champions, and Galbreath remains the only man to have won both a Kentucky Derby and a World Series Championship (he owned the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946-1985).
Galbreath built Darby House, a modern home situated on the original 110 acres, as a retreat for entertaining guests, hosting dinner parties, screening movies and watching baseball in 1954. To light the grand Racing room of Darby House, Galbreath commissioned Finnish designer Paavo Tynell to create these stunning fixtures. Refined, yet commanding, Tynell expertly melded traditional craftsmanship with a modern sensibility resulting in these timeless, elegant designs. The chandeliers remained installed at Darby House (now a venue for special events) until recently, where they have illuminated countless celebrations throughout the years.