Huntington Harbor Light
|Location||Huntington Bay on Long Island|
|Year first constructed||1857|
|Year first lit||1912|
|Foundation||Cast reinforced concrete crib|
|Tower shape||Square "Castle" Beaux-Arts|
|Markings / pattern||Natural|
|Height||42 ft (13 m)|
|Focal height||41 ft (12 m)|
|Original lens||Fifth Order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||300 mm|
|ARLHS number||USA-1305 |
Lloyd Harbor Lighthouse
|Nearest city||Lloyd Harbor, New York|
|Area||0.2 acres (0.081 ha)|
|Architect||Mead,Chas. & Co.|
|Governing body||COAST GUARD|
|NRHP Reference #||89000501|
|Added to NRHP||May 31, 1989|
The lighthouse was established in 1857 and the current tower was first lit in 1912. The light was automated in 1949 and is still operational. The foundation is cast reinforced concrete crib and the lighthouse is made out of cast reinforced concrete. The tower is square "castle" in the Beaux-Arts style. In 1912 a fifth order Fresnel lens was installed.
In 1857, a lighthouse was built on the tip of Lloyd's Neck to assist ships in finding shelter in Lloyd Harbor from the wind and waves that often hinder navigation on the Long Island Sound. This first lighthouse, called the Lloyd Harbor Light, was of little help to ships entering the adjoining Huntington Harbor. In 1912, a new lighthouse was built to serve Huntington Harbor.
The new structure was a unique lighthouse, in both design and construction. The Beaux Arts style makes the light look like a small castle. The reinforced concrete foundation and structure is unique to the area, as well. The foundation for the light was built nearby on land, then floated to the site and sunk.
In 1949, the light was fully automated. The deterioration of the unoccupied lighthouse started and would continue for almost two decades.
As a result of a 1983 survey, the light was deemed unsafe for servicing personnel and too expensive to repair. The Coast Guard considered demolishing the lighthouse and erecting a steel tower.
In 1985, a group called Save Huntington’s Lighthouse was formed by local citizens to save the lighthouse from demolition. It became the first private group in the country to successfully take over and restore an offshore lighthouse. Now known as the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, the group continues to enlist volunteers and raise funds for ongoing restoration and preservation work.
- ARLHS World List of Lights
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Matthew Roth and Bruce Clouette (May 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Lloyd Harbor Lighthouse". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- Morris, Deborah S. (May 15, 2012). "Landmark Lighthouse Celebrates Century". Newsday. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society web site
- Huntington Lighthouse Music Fest - Yearly on Labor Day Weekend!
- National Park Service Historic Lighthouses
- NPS page on Huntington Bay