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FORT POINT LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: SAN FRANCISCO HARBOR ENTRANCE
Nearest City: SAN FRANCISCO
County: SAN FRANCISCO
U.S.C.G. District: 11
Year Station Established: 1853



Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1864
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1934
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: BRICK AND GRANITE FORTRESS
  • Construction Materials: IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: NINE-SIDED ON FORT'S STAIRWAY TOWER
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 27
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: REMOVED
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 110
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1853
  • Description: CAPE COD STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRAL TOWER (NEVER LIGHTED)
  • Fate/Disposition: DEMOLISHED AFTER ONLY 3 MONTHS TO MAKE WAY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF FORT POINT
  • 2. Construction Date: 1855
    Description: 2-STORY TRUNCATED WOOD STRUCTURE BETWEEN FORT AND SEAWALL
  • Fate/Disposition: DEMOLISHED AFTER 8 YEARS WHEN ARMY NEEDED TO MAKE CORRECTIONS TO GRANITE SEAWALL
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO (FOUNDATION ONLY)
  • Year Constructed: 1904
  • Construction Materials: CONCRETE
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: REMOVED/ORIG. BELL, TRUMPET
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO (DISMANTLED)
  • Year Constructed: 1908
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: TUDOR STYLE
  • Construction Materials: REDWOOD
Other Structures: REMOVED: WOODEN ASST. KEEPERS (1885), CATWALK BRIDGE, BARN, LOOKOUT TOWER, OIL HOUSE, 2 WATER RESERVOIRS

Current Use: NATIONAL PARK

Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Open to the Public? NO (CLOSED BECAUSE OF LEAD PAINT CHIPS FROM GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE ABOVE)

Web Site: Link

National Register Status: PART OF LISTING; Reference #70000146
Name of Listing: FORT POINT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
DISCONTINUED BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION OF GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE; PART OF PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO NHL



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