Lighthouse Industries, LLC

Lighthouse Restoration

American Lighthouse Restoration Division

The Lighthouse Restoration Division of Lighthouse Industries, LLC is devoted exclusively to the maintenance, repair and refurbishment of lighthouses; our country's heritage!

Restoring these guiding lights since 1976, we are quite proud of the extensive resume' of lighthouses that  we have refurbished over the years.

Here is a sampling of the many services we can provide to you for your lighthouse restoration needs:

  • Washing and mildew removal 
  • Rust removal and treatment 
  • Sealing, priming and painting 
  • Glass removal and replacement 
  • Caulking and sealing of glass for fresnel lens protection 
  • Ventilation restoration and cleaning 
  • Lead paint removal, containment and disposal per OSHA requirements 
  • Brick repointing, replacement and sealing 
  • Lightning rod and grounding installation 
  • Window removal and replacement 
  • Refabricating metal components such as stairwells, stanchions, railings and ventilators 
More history of our experience & descriptions of past projects: 

As an active and long time member in the United States Lighthouse Society, we are dedicated to our work and take great pride in our accomplishments. For many centuries, these stalwart structural guiding lights have been navigational symbols to mariners and all those that made their living on the sea. The future existence of these lighthouses must be continued for their cultural, historic and recreational potential. Their architectural beauty must be admired while understanding the sacrifices that were made and the lives lost during construction while working in hazardous places against insurmountable odds. The many lighthouses that now dot this country's shoreline reminds us of this time in history, and encourages us to preserve its future.

Working on a lighthouse, restoring its original beauty, and being part of a small and real moment in time gives us great pleasure and fulfillment, while allowing us to contribute our services for future generations to enjoy.

Take a look at some of our past lighthouse restoration projects:

Georgetown Lighthouse, Georgetown, South Carolina: At the entrance to Winyah Bay, and only accessible by boat, stands this 87' lighthouse built in 1811. Travel to and from work in relatively calm seas made for an enjoyable voyage each and every day. The bullet holed glass in the lantern room was replaced with Lexan bullet proof glass and the filthy interior spiral staircase and walls were washed clean and painted, as well as the exterior surfaces. A new floor was installed at the gallery landing.

Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico: This fort-like masonry building with a large cylindrical tower at the center, sits at a desolate location on the southwestern tip of the island of Puerto Rico. The view, high above the ocean on a cliff, made for a peaceful and beautiful job site. The lighthouse was a site for sore eyes, since most of the walls were covered with graffiti. After the mu ch needed mortar and masonry work, cleaning and painting, and glass replacement, the lighthouse took on an altogether new look. The new sky-blue paint and white trimmed lighthouse was picture-perfect against the blue ocean backdrop.

Graves Lighthouse, Boston, Massachusetts: In the Massachusetts Bay, several miles offshore from the Boston coastline, is a pile of rock jutting out of the pounding surf. On top of these rocks, at 121.5' tall is the tower of granite rocks built in 1903 known as the Graves Light. Just getting to the lighthouse presented a challenge every day. Massive rocks, pounding waves and a vast difference between low & high tides made for a tough job. Ten panes of bent and curved glass were transported to the job and installed in the lantern room. Much of the old lead paint was removed and repainted on both the interior and exterior walls of the gallery room.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego, California: This two story 20x40 dwelling type lighthouse is located at the most southwestern point of the United States, at the entrance to the San Diego Harbor. Built in 1855, and sitting at an impressive 462' above sea level, it is considered to be one of the three great harbor views of the world. By far the most enjoyable and spectacular work site, we were visited by many lighthouse-loving tourists as they admired our work. Complete interior restoration of the light keepers dwelling, as well as the exterior of the light structure kept us busy for weeks. Every window, door and frame was stripped of the many layers of paint. They were then recoated and installed as working windows.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, North Carolina: Known as the tallest lighthouse in the United States at 192' high, this black and white spiral striped lighthouse is located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina along a stretch of coastline that is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. This brick conical tower built in 1870 is perhaps the most photographed and well-known lighthouse in the United States. Our professional team applied three fresh coats of paint, after washing the entire exterior surface of the lighthouse. We have painted both the exterior and interior of this lighthouse many times over the years.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Beaufort, North Carolina: At the south end of the Core Banks, this lighthouse can only be reached by boat. It was a time consuming effort to carry all of our supplies such as paint, fresh water, electrical power, and equipment to the job site. Transporting our entire crew by boat, to and from the job site, made for a unique way of going to work each day! During this project, the distinguishing characteristics of its black and white diamond pattern was actually 'erased' for a moment in time, as the structure first received a complete coat of white primer paint. Built in 1859, it is 150' to the focal plane.

Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, Hampton, Virginia: This octagonal tower stands only 54' above water and is the second oldest lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay, built in 1802. Standing between two homes on the Fort Monroe Army Base, this job was like working in the backyard! All the windows in the tower had been custom ordered and painted in our shop prior to installation. There was extensive remortar work done on the outside prior to painting. The unusual green trim on this bright white lighthouse made for quite a conversation. An enormous difference was seen between the 'before' & 'after' stages.

Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach, Virginia: Built in 1879 out of cast iron plates, this lighthouse at 164' has a distinctive and unusual black and white pattern. Only a few hundred feet from 'Old Cape Henry Lighthouse' they are both within the confines of Fort Story. Our task here was to install a grounding system and lightning protection to the lighthouse from top to bottom. Copper cable was attached the entire length of the structure in two places by drilling and tapping the cast iron to anchor the cable. Ground rods were set 15' into the ground in 8 places. Attaching a stainless steel bird screening around the underside of the catwalk solved a severe problem with birds fling into the lighthouse.

Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Port Orford, Oregon: The most western lighthouse in the United States, this is Oregon's oldest, built in 1870. A small house-like light structure sitting only 50' tall, yet 245' above sea level was home to us for several weeks in this damp, foggy and quiet town of Port Orford. After cleaning and painting, this lighthouse took on a new appearance. In the oil room, the old sash type weighted windows were replaced with new ones, keeping the pulley and weight system in working order. The brass ventilation system in the gallery room gave us new challenges on finding replacements. It was nice to be working for The Bureau of Land Management, who considered this project top priority.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla, North Carolina: Built in 1873, this 160' lighthouse was kept natural brick as a distinguishing mark. A daily regime of covering up the fresnel lens with foam and plywood kept it from possible damage. Fifteen panes of glass were replaced in the lantern room at various levels, and all of the 48 panes were recaulked. The floor of the lantern room had many layers of filth, paint and debris removed. When we were finished, the special glass blocks embedded in the lantern room floor were now able to bring light to the level below, as it was originally intended.

Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke island, North Carolina: As home to Blackbeard the pirate, this small quaint town and lighthouse is accessible only by ferry. Built in 1823, the lighthouse gave us the impression that all 77'5" of it had not seen any maintenance since then! The work that was needed here was quite overwhelming. All of the interior brick was repointed, after a thorough cleansing. Exterior masonry stucco was removed from the lantern room and then reapplied. An enormous amount of rust was removed from the interior of the lantern room, remaining steel was treated and repainted. A new cypress wood door and hardware was installed as a finishing touch.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport, Oregon: The scenic area of the Oregon coastline and migrating whales were a daily occurrence while working at this lighthouse. Cleaning and painting of the exterior surfaces of both the light and the keepers quarters were badly needed when we arrived. The many tourists and school children on class trips were treated to the rare occasion of seeing a restoration team in progress as they toured this beautiful well managed facility of the Bureau of Land Management. This lighthouse was built in 1873 and stands 84' tall.