Los Angeles Harbor Light

Coordinates: 33°42′31″N 118°15′06″W / 33.70857°N 118.25160°W / 33.70857; -118.25160
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Los Angeles Harbor Light
San Pedro Harbor
Angel's Gate
Los Angeles Harbor Light
LocationLos Angeles Harbor
United States
Coordinates33°42′31″N 118°15′06″W / 33.70857°N 118.25160°W / 33.70857; -118.25160
Foundationrock breakwater with concrete slab
Constructionreinforced concrete tower
Height69 feet (21 m)
Shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern rising from an octagonal prism basement
Markingswhite tower with black narrows stripes, black lantern
Power sourcesolar power Edit this on Wikidata
OperatorUnited States Coast Guard[1][2][3]
HeritageNational Register of Historic Places listed place Edit this on Wikidata
Fog signal2 blasts every 30s. continuously
Focal height73 feet (22 m)
LensFourth order Fresnel lens (original), DCB-24 aerobeacon (current)
Intensity217,000 candela
Range18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
CharacteristicFl G 15s.
Los Angeles Harbor Light Station
LocationLos Angeles Harbor (San Pedro Breakwater), Los Angeles, California
ArchitectEdward L Woodruff
NRHP reference No.80000810
Added to NRHPOctober 14, 1980[4]

Los Angeles Harbor Light, also known as Angels Gate Light, is a lighthouse in California, United States, at San Pedro Breakwater in Los Angeles Harbor, California. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is listed as Los Angeles Light in the USCG Lights list. It is the only lighthouse in the world that emits an emerald-colored light.[5]


From the U.S. Coast Guard Archive

The original plan for the lighthouse was a wooden, square, two-story building like those constructed for Oakland Harbor and Southampton Shoals. However, the plans were changed and the Los Angeles Light was firmly anchored to the concrete block and built of steel reinforced concrete. It is the only lighthouse ever built to this design. The original paint on the lighthouse was only white which caused a problem with seeing the lighthouse building during fog. Vertical black stripes were added for increased visibility.[6]

By 2011, the years of exposure have led to rusted through walls, broken windows, cracked masonry, and leaks during storms. In cooperation with the Coast Guard, the Cabrillo Beach Boosters Club completed a $1.8 million overhaul of the exterior, funded by the Port of Los Angeles. The overhaul was completed in May 2012. A $1.2 million overhaul of the interior is planned.[6]

The lighthouse in 2006

This lighthouse is inaccessible to the public, but can be viewed from the Cabrillo Beach area, San Pedro Breakwater or by boat.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Northern California". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  2. ^ California Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 11 June 2016
  3. ^ Los Angeles Harbor Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved 11 June 2016
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  5. ^ Boating Skills and Seamanship (14th edition, 2013), U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc., McGraw Hill Education, p. 129
  6. ^ a b Sahagun, Louis (2012-05-17). "A new gleam for lighthouse". Los Angeles Times. pp. AA3.

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