NELA PARK, at Noble and Terrace roads in
The main conception of the campuslike park is a perfect representation of the early 20th-century academic ideal. The office and laboratory complex includes 20 major buildings and several smaller structures located in a landscaped park of approximately 90 acres. The prevailing style is Georgian Revival, and all but 4 of the major buildings were built between 1911-21. Four of them are arranged around the Quadrangle, which dominates the architectural scheme of the park. The largest building is the Lamp Laboratory on the south end, and the west side is closed by the Institute (1921), which has a 72' bell tower and a Georgian facade facing a circular pool, with a bronze statuary group symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. The entire area was landscaped according to plans developed at the outset. In 1988 the Lighting Institute was completely renovated. With 1,200 employees in 1995, the complex served as world headquarters of GE Lighting, one of the corporation's 12 divisions. One of the best-known and most popular aspects of Nela Park has been its annual electrically illuminated Christmas display.