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PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT

State: MAINE
Location: PORTLAND HARBOR /
CASCO BAY
Nearest City: CAPE ELIZABETH
County: CUMBERLAND
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1791


Portland Head Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1994
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1791
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1989
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: RUBBLE STONE W/BRICK LINING
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK TRIM
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 80
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1855
  • Present Optic: DCB-224
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1991
  • Height of Focal Plane: 101
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: SECOND ORDER LENS REMOVED 1958, RETURNED 1992, PORTION ON DISPLAY IN TOWER
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES (ORIG. 1880 STRUCTURE DESTROYED IN 1975)
  • Year Constructed: 1975
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: REPLICA OF 1880 STRUCTURE
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1891
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: DUPLEX
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: GARAGE, OIL HOUSE (PRE-1891)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / MUSEUM

Owner/Manager: TOWN OF CAPE ELIZABETH WITH U.S. COAST GUARD ACCESS T0 OPTIC & SOUND SIGNAL

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

Web Site: Link

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #73000121
Name of Listing: PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, ME-123

Miscellaneous:
FIRST TOWER COMPLETED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT



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