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BLOCK ISLAND (NORTH) LIGHT

State: RHODE ISLAND
Location: SANDY POINT / N. END BLOCK ISLAND
Nearest City: NEW SHOREHAM
County: WASHINGTON
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1829


Block Island (North) Light
1974 photo by James Gibbs for Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1867
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1970-1989
  • Automated: 1955
  • Foundation Materials:
  • Construction Materials: GRANITE/WOOD
  • Markings/Patterns: BROWN
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL ON DWELLING ROOF
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 55
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1867
  • Present Optic: DCB-24
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1989
  • Height of Focal Plane: 61
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL FOURTH ORDER LENS ON DISPLAY IN INTERPRETIVE
    CENTER
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO (REMOVED)
  • Year Tower Constructed: 1973
Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1867
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: VICTORIAN/ITALIANATE
  • Construction Materials: GRANITE
Other Structures: 2 STORAGE BUILDINGS

Current Use: INTERPRETIVE CENTER

Owner/Manager: U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE / TOWN OF NEW SHOREHAM

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #74000008
Name of Listing: BLOCK ISLAND NORTH LIGHT (LIGHTHOUSES OF RHODE ISLAND TR)
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
STATION BEGAN AS TWIN TOWERS; REBUILT 1837, 1857, AND 1867; LIGHT DISPLAYED ON SKELETON TOWER 1973-1989



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