The Heritage Society Volunteers continue their work at restoring our wonderful Point Pinos Lighthouse. In the past year, windows have been restored, repaired and replaced, a new fence replicating the original has been completed, new flooring has been installed in the front entry, drains and gutters have been repaired, work to stop the lantern room from leaking continues and has almost been completed, a new partial foundation has been constructed, work on the new DVD continues, historic archiving has begun, a new website is being developed, plans have been completed for the two historically correct outbuildings and await scheduling by the Architectural Review Board, work has commenced to restore the historic “oil house”, and a new/old restored back entry floor has been installed and is currently being refinished. These are but a few of the projects, some ongoing, plus the many that are scheduled for this coming year.
All of this work, with few exceptions, has been accomplished by volunteers and the generous support and work of KR Construction, Marks Plumbing and Heating, Travaille Brothers Construction, Jon Stuefloten Restoration Painting, and many others. All contributors will be recognized in a permanent plaque to be placed on site sometime in the not too distant future.
Equally important is the generosity of support groups. Noteworthy contributions of $4,500 by the Heritage Society, $2,000 by the local chapter of the Questers, over $2,000 by the Lighthouse Art Quilter Group, visitor donations, gift shop sales, various generous individual donations, and a recent most welcome grant by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation (sponsors of the AT&T) for $20,000.
Reprinted with permission from Pacific Grove Hometown Bulletin, January 18, 2012.
Pictures and captions on our volunteer crew's massive restoration efforts.
Tour the lighthouse five days a week, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM weekdays and weekends.
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Point Pinos still has its original Fresnel lens, which was manufactured by Leturneau & Lapaute in Paris, France at a cost of $3810. The lens was then shipped "around the horn" (of South America) to San Francisco and brought overland to Point Pinos.
90 Asilomar Avenue (near Lighthouse Ave.) Pacific Grove, CA, 93950
The Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, California, is maintained by an all-volunteer staff of restoration experts, docents, and historians. As with all active lighthouses and aids to navigation, the actual electric light itself is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.