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Pigeon Point Progress and Celebration
The initial phase of the rehabilitation of Pigeon Point Lighthouse will be completed in time for the 140th anniversary of the lighthouse, to be celebrated on November 17. Work on the interim stabilization of the tower began on October 23 and within a few days, the crew had hung scaffolding to give themselves access to the outside of the tower. This was welcome evidence of progress toward the final restoration of the lighthouse, which has been closed to the public since December 2001, when two sections of the cast iron belt course fell off the tower.
The repair work is being funded by a generous grant from the Hind Foundation, founded by Greg and Jane Hind. The grant also covered the cost of moving the historic Fresnel lens from the tower to the nearby Fog Signal Building, where it can be protected and on display for the public during the restoration work.
Lighthouse Repair Work
The interim stabilization includes critical repairs that are intended to reduce further deterioration of the lighthouse until enough money is raised to begin work on its complete restoration.
The work includes replacement of cracked glass in the lantern room and the removal and replacement of external sealant around the glass panes.
Cast iron elements at the top of the tower are cleaned and rust converter applied to exposed metal to help prevent further rusting.
Open gaps in the masonry are filled with sealant and a cement wash used to prevent further water intrusion. In addition, debris netting has been installed around the circumference of the belt course.
At the base of the tower, the crew has power washed cast iron elements, applied rust converter, and used sealants to fill gaps and cracks to prevent water intrusion.
In addition to stabilizing the lighthouse, the workers have installed a permanent railing in the Fog Signal Building around the Fresnel lens.
Historic Structures Report
Thanks to the generous contributions of CSPA members, the association was able to commission a historic structures report for the Pigeon Point Light Station—a necessary first step to enable plans to be made for the restoration of other historic buildings and the Pigeon Point grounds.
Thanks to all who responded to the fundraising appeal to make this happen.
All money collected in donation boxes at the lighthouse will continue to be earmarked for the Pigeon Point restoration effort.
140th Pigeon Point Anniversary Celebration
You will have a special opportunity to see and celebrate all the progress at the lighthouse on Saturday, November 17, 10 am to 4 pm, when we will mark the 140th anniversary of the first lighting of the Fresnel lens at Pigeon Point. With the Fresnel lens in the Fog Signal Building, there will be no lighting of the lens, but visitors will be able to get a close look at it and its new protective railing.
The celebration, co-sponsored by California State Parks and CSPA, will include historic grounds tours, live music, book signings by local authors, and informational displays by the California State Parks Foundation, CSPA, Hostelling International, Año Nuevo State Park, and volunteers responsible for native plant restoration on the Pigeon Point grounds. A limited number of native plants used in the restoration project will be available for purchase.