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St. Augustine Light Station Interior, St. Augustine, Florida, USA

The entry level of the St. Augustine light house tower features a black and white checkered floor surrounding the clockworks and weight well. Above this opening the weights that rotated the light would hang. The lighthouse was designed by Paul J. Pelz, chief draftsman of the Lighthouse Board who would later be a major contributor toward the design of the Library of Congress.

There are 214 stairs to the top of the tower. The iron work was forged in Philadelphia, granite for the foundation was procured from Georgia and the bricks to build the tower came from Alabama. Construction began in 1872 and congress eventually appropriated $105,000 for construction in three installments as funds ran out. The light became operational in 1874.

The tower was electrified in 1936, de-staffed in 1955, fully automated around 1971 and declared surplus in the 1960’s. Restoration began in 1980 and in 1988 it was opened as a maritime museum. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum was incorporated in 1998 as a separate entity, and a visitors’ center was built in 2000

The tower and museum are generally open to the public year round.

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Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11746x5873
Taken: 06/02/2015
Uploaded: 30/01/2019


Tags: spiral stairs; nautical; lighthouse; black and white; ironwork
More About USA

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