Posted by: mlapgrants | November 16, 2017

Manitou Island Light Station

The first stone tower and detached keeper’s dwelling on Manitou Island in Lake Superior were built in 1849 at a cost of $7,218. Due to their rapid deterioration, the stone structures were replaced with the current skeletal tower and wood framed keeper’s dwelling in 1861. Between 1865 and 1877, two wood fog signal buildings and a wood boathouse were constructed.  The boathouse and fog signal buildings shown in this 1895 photograph no longer exist, but the tower, keeper’s dwelling, and a 1938 fog signal building still stand and are the subjects of a Historic Structure Report (HSR) currently being completed through Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) and National Maritime Heritage Program grants.  The consultants for the project are O|X Studio and Smay Trombley Architecture.

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