Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Lorain Lighthouse


During my trip back to Ohio, I took a drive along the Lake Erie shore. I stopped in Lorain and took this snapshot of this lighthouse. This is the Lorain West Breakwater Lighthouse commissioned by the United States Coast Guard and built in 1916. It was decommissioned in 1965 and slated for demolition.

A group of concerned citizens formed the Port of Lorain Foundation which bought the lighthouse in 1977 from the US government for $1.00. Over the years they've repaired and restored the lighthouse almost back to how it was in 1916. It currently isn't open to the public, but the Foundation has raised enough money the past couple of years to finish interior restoration which will finally allow the public to tour the inside.

6 comments:

dinahmow said...

Well, depending on the plumbing (if any), I see art gallery/coffee shop.Art gallery/coffee shop. Art g...

Big cheers to the folk who halted the demolition.

Matt Bennett said...

Karen,
glad to see that this lighthouse was preserved. Thanks for sharing! MB

rachel said...

Handsome!

frayedattheedge said...

You always find the most amazing buildings!

Toffeeapple said...

It is such a beautiful building, I have nothing but admiration for folks who work tirelessly to save heritage for posterity.

Karen said...

Di: The drawback is that it is completely surrounded by the lake and only accessible by boat, but that is a great idea.

Matt: I'm glad that people cared enough to save it. It took 12 years of court battles before the US government caved in and sold it.

Rachel: It certainly is.

Anne: Since I'm so envious of your castles and ruins there in Scotland, I keep an eye out for our US equivalents.

Toffeeapple: Considering how badly Lorain has fared during the Great Recession with high unemployment and the closing of the largest employer in town, I'm amazed that they are still receiving lots of donations and volunteers to finish the inside.