Point Pinos Lighthouse is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. We believe the lighthouse is a fascinating part of California's history and provides a unique perspective into life on the Monterey Peninsula for over 150 years. We trust you will find this website interesting and informative and that it will motivate you to come visit the lighthouse.
Lighthouse restoration is being undertaken by the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, an IRS 501(3)(c) nonprofit, in cooperation with the City of Pacific Grove. We seek to preserve the history and culture of the Point Pinos lighthouse. The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove is headquartered at "Ketcham’s Barn," located at 605 Laurel Avenue, Pacific Grove, and is open to the public on Saturdays afternoons between 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
The Lighthouse Steering Committee is made up of representatives from the Heritage Society's board of directors, representatives of the volunteer preservation workers, and other professionals. Current members are: Dennis Tarmina (Chairman), Steve Honegger (President of the Heritage Society), Ken Hinshaw (Preservation Coordinator), Doug Howe (Architect), and Jeff Becom (Artist/Designer).
Point Pinos Lighthouse is owned by the City of Pacific Grove and operated in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard. Public tours of the lighthouse are conducted by a volunteer-docent program coordinated by the City of Pacific Grove. Tour hours and directions are described here. Lighthouse grounds are maintained by the Pacific Grove Golf Links.
This website is maintained by lighthouse volunteers; website editor is Jim Turley and contributing editor is Bill Peake. We thank those who have provided us with website materials.
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Your tax-deductible donation is applied 100% toward restoration materials.
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.