The historic North Point Lighthouse and its conjoined keeper's quarters have been empty for many years, but over the past year an extensive reconstruction project has been bringing the 1888 keeper's house back into a proper state. I've been dropping by on occasion to follow the progress.
Boarded up and closed for years.
April 25, 2007:
Lots of wood elements are being removed, indicating extensive rot.
June 10, 2007:
New porch framing and sheathing.
August 11, 2007:
New roof and cladding.
September 27, 2007:
Grounds beginning to shape up.
The current lighthouse was built in 1879 (replacing a 1855 structure threatened by bluff erosion) and re-used the existing lantern. Its height was doubled in 1912 as trees growing on the bluffs obscured the view, and it operated until 1994.
When work is finished in the fall, this venerable old structure will be opened for tours. Huzzah!
More on the North Point Lighthouse: Seeing the Light, including a vintage postcard of the original appearance of the tower and keeper's house, showing the house's original design intent a bit more clearly than can be seen today.