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BOSTON LIGHT

State: MASSACHUSETTS
Location: LITTLE BREWSTER ISLAND / BOSTON HARBOR
Nearest City: BOSTON
County: SUFFOLK
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1716


Boston Harbor Light
Photo courtesy USCG Light Station Boston
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1783
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1998
  • Foundation Materials: GRANITE LEDGE
  • Construction Materials: RUBBLE STONE/BRICK LINING
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 89
  • Original Optic: TALLOW CANDLES
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1716
  • Present Optic: SECOND ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1859
  • Height of Focal Plane: 102
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: STILL IN OPERATION
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1716
  • Description: STONE
  • Fate/Disposition: BLOWN UP BY BRITISH 1776
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1876
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: VERNACULAR
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN/ORIG. CANNON
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1884
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: STICK STYLE VICTORIAN
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: 1899 WOODEN BOATHOUSE, 1884 WOODEN CISTERN, 1889 BRICK OIL HOUSE, FOUNDATIONS OF FORMER AUXILIARY LIGHT; ORIG. CONNECTING WALKWAY

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

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

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #66000133
Name of Listing: BOSTON LIGHT (LIGHTHOUSES OF MASSACHUSETTS TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1987

NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK Study

Miscellaneous:
FIRST LIGHT STATION IN U.S.; 2ND OLDEST TOWER; SITE OF FOG HORN EXPERIMENTS 1893-1895; ONLY U.S. LIGHTHOUSE STILL MANNED; LARGER DUPLEX DWELLING RAZED 1960



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