Fire Control Tower No. 23

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Fire Control Tower No. 23
Fire Control Tower 23.JPG
Fire Control Tower No. 23 is located in Cape May County, New Jersey
Fire Control Tower No. 23
Location Sunset Boulevard, Lower Township, New Jersey
Coordinates 38°56′36″N 74°58′3″W / 38.94333°N 74.96750°W / 38.94333; -74.96750Coordinates: 38°56′36″N 74°58′3″W / 38.94333°N 74.96750°W / 38.94333; -74.96750
Area less than one acre
Built 1942
Architectural style Fire Control Tower
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 03000655[1]
NJRHP # 4169[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 17, 2003
Designated NJRHP May 29, 2003

Fire Control Tower No. 23 is a NRHP-listed tower located in Lower Township, Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. The tower was built in 1942 as part of Fort Miles, the system of harbor defenses of the Delaware Bay. It was one of 15 towers from North Wildwood, New Jersey to Bethany Beach, Delaware used to aim coastal batteries at German ships and submarines. It is located near Sunset Beach in Cape May Point State Park.

The tower was added to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on May 29, 2003 and to the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 2003. About this time the tower was renovated under the direction of architect Robert Russell. Spiral staircases, lighting and safety features were installed, allowing the public to climb to the top of the tower and a wooden walkway was built to Sunset Avenue.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Cape May County". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. January 10, 2010. p. 12. Retrieved March 27, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "World War II Lookout Tower". Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. Retrieved September 21, 2011.