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Preserving Lighthouses is a Tall Order

Posted November 13, 2003

You stand on a windy point overlooking the ocean. Behind you rises a tall, narrow structure—a lighthouse—not unlike many others located all around the country. Through a special federal program, many of these historic resources are being transferred from federal ownership to communities and nonprofit organizations.

Under the authority of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 (NHLPA), GSA is a participant in the NHLPA Pilot Partnership Program that facilitates the transfer of designated lighthouses to new owners. The program has been so successful that it earned the National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The award was presented at the National Trust Historic Preservation Conference in October 2003.

Twenty lighthouses are currently subjects of the stringent selection process. In the first round of disposals in 2002, six properties were transferred. Ultimately, over 300 lighthouses in the USCG’s inventory will be subject to this disposal process. The following lighthouses have been part of the program.

For more information about the program, contact Melissa Green at (202) 208-0498.


The image on the homepage shows the lantern atop the St. Augustine lighthouse.
The image on this page shows the right, front view of the tower of the same lighthouse. 


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