GSA Helps Preserve Lighthouses
Historic Stations Need New Owners
August 18, 2009
Contact: MaryAnne Beatty, (202) 501-1231
Contact: Chris Hoagland, (202) 501-1231
WASHINGTON – To help preserve a unique slice of Americana, the U.S. General Services Administration is looking for new keepers for 12 historic lighthouses.
From simple steel plate structures along Lake Michigan’s coast to solitary granite sentinels braving the gales of the Atlantic, these historic lighthouses are being made available at no cost to federal, state and local agencies, as well as nonprofit corporations, educational agencies and community development organizations.
“The lore of America’s lighthouses and their faithful keepers is filled with stories both tragic and heroic," said Anthony E. Costa, GSA’s Acting Commissioner of Public Buildings. "While technology has made their original purpose as aids to navigation obsolete, the romance, history, and beauty of these historic stations is worth preserving for future generations.”
GSA has issued Notices of Availability for 12 lighthouse properties in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Washington and Wisconsin. The properties must be used for education, park, recreation, cultural, or historic preservation purposes.
The lighthouses are made available through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. GSA partners with the U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service to transfer excess historic lighthouses.
"We are committed to working with parties interested in preserving and maintaining these historic lighthouse gems," said Costa. "We take our preservation stewardship responsibilities very seriously.”
GSA transfers historic lighthouses after the Department of Interior identifies a new steward through a competitive application process. If no steward is identified, GSA sells the lighthouses through a competitive public auction. GSA works closely with state historic preservation offices to ensure historic preservation requirements are in place to protect the properties as part of the transfer.
GSA will have an online auction for the East Charity Shoal Lighthouse in New York on its auction website. In addition, GSA is planning public auctions for lighthouses in Ohio and Wisconsin this year. See the GSA Office of Real Property Utilization and Disposal website for additional information.
GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
• Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles.
• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.
• GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? GSA has transferred more than 50 historic light stations out of Coast Guard ownership through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.