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KEY WEST LIGHT

State: FLORIDA
Location: WHITEHEADS POINT
Nearest City: KEY WEST
County: MONROE
U.S.C.G. District: 7
Year Station Established: 1825


Key West Light
Photo by Adolph Gucinski, courtesy of Key West Art & Historical Society
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1847
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1969
  • Automated: 1915 (USING ACETYLENE SYSTEM)
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 86
  • Original Optic: 13 ARGAND LAMPS WITH 21-INCH REFLECTORS
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1847
  • Present Optic: 175-WATT HI-TEK M57
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 91
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: 1858 "HENRY LEPAUTE" THIRD ORDER LENS INSTALLED 1858
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1825
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition: DESTROYED BY HURRICANE
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1887
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Architectural Style: WEST INDIAN VERNACULAR
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: CISTERN, REPLICA OIL HOUSE, 2 GARAGES, STORAGE BUILDING, OUTHOUSE (CA. 1887)

Current Use: MUSEUM

Owner/Manager: MONROE COUNTY/KEY WEST ART AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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

Web Site: Link

National Register Status: PART OF LISTING; Reference #83001430
Name of Listing: KEY WEST HISTORIC DISTRICT
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1971

Miscellaneous:
TOWER RAISED 20 FEET IN 1894; MONROE COUNTY ACQUIRED DEED IN 1972; RESTORED IN 1988, REOPENED IN 1989



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