About Savoy House
Savoy House is enriched by our family-owned, Atlanta-born history and just keeps getting better more than 50 years after our founding.
It all began with a field in the farmlands of South Georgia back in the 1930s. A young man named Robert Lee was plowing when he saw a train in the distance and thought that pretty much anything else would be better than plowing a field in the hot sun. So, he hopped on the train, carrying with him nothing but the clothes he had on and a little pocket change. He rode north to East Point and hit Main Street, where he then spent that pocket change on bread and cookies, now having nothing but hope as he looked for a better future in Atlanta.
His gamble paid off: he and his son Fred established Progressive Lighting together in 1965. At that time, the two Lees were homebuilders who noticed that Atlanta’s lighting showrooms had unimpressive selections and weren’t good with providing lights to job sites. So, they began Progressive Lighting in that spot in East Point that once held a grocery store, starting out with some homemade shelving in the warehouse, a showroom and a counter to sell electrical supplies. It was a runaway success.
Robert also decided to start importing lighting fixtures and assembling them in the back of the shop. This also went well, so the old bakery next door became an assembly plant and warehouse. That blossomed into a catalog and a network of sales representatives who helped sell the fixtures throughout the Southeast and then the nation. Thus, Savoy House was born.
Over the past several years, Savoy House designs have evolved from a very Southern, “Gone with the Wind” traditional identity to a much broader array of styles, including soft contemporary, urban structural and nostalgic restoration looks. These fashion-forward looks have made Savoy House lighting extremely popular among design conscious professionals in the industry today.
Savoy House also carries products created by top designers, including Karyl Pierce Paxton, Tracy Porter and Raymond Waites. Pierce Paxton is inspired by New Orleans, Porter loves laid-back whimsy and Waites has an eye for elegance.
Whether you love the cutting edge of modern lighting or enjoy the enduring glamor of traditional styles, Savoy House has something great for you. Our passion for great design is coupled with a drive for quality engineering and production standards. When you choose a Savoy House lighting fixture, you can be certain you've selected a piece that will withstand the test of time.