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|Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook|
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The Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook was created through a cooperative partnership between the National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, and U.S. Lighthouse Society. The 328-page preservation manual, released in August 1997, focuses primarily on the maintenance problems associated with the many different materials and construction techniques used in these unique structures. In addition to sections devoted to preservation treatments, it includes a brief history of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and lighthouse construction types; existing historic preservation laws, standards, and guidelines; case studies for both lighthouse rehabilitation and restoration projects; related activities (interpretation, funding, safety management, etc.); and sources for more information. (See Table of Contents for more information on content.)
The treatment sections include data gathered from condition assessments and significance evaluations at 21 lighthouse sites around the country. The treatments encompass both protection and stabilization (mothballing) as well as repair. The Handbook is also based on information from applicable NPS publications, USCG files, and material generated by non-profit groups and museums. The Handbook's technical guidance was developed by the Service's Historic Preservation Training Center; the historical background was created largely through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Lighthouse Society; and the overall production of the Handbook was coordinated by the NPS National Maritime Initiative.Web Access
Sections of the Handbook are available on the web using acrobat reader software. To download acrobat reader, click here. Once you have loaded the software, use the Table of Contents to click on the section you wish to view.