BLOCK ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

Block Island is surrounded by shoals and underwater ledges is sometimes referred to as the “stumbling block” of the New England coast. Dozens of vessels had wrecked along the Southeast coastline before the Southeast Light was constructed in 1875.  It is situated on a ten-acre plot of land on Mohegan Bluffs. The building, designed to be an architectural showcase and melding of Italianate and Gothic Revival styles, makes Block Island Southeast Light unique. The keeper’s house, attached to the tower, was a 2 1/2 story duplex residence with twin 1 1/2 story kitchen wings to the rear. The building is brick with a granite foundation and trim. The octagonal tower is capped by a 16-sided cast-iron lantern that originally housed a first-order Fresnel lens.

By 1990, after years of erosion The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed it as one of America’s 11 most endangered structures of historic significance. The building, once over 300 feet from the edge of the bluff, was then only 55 feet from the brink. In August 1993,  the lighthouse was moved to its present location about 300 feet from the bluffs.  The restored light was relit on August 27, 1994.

8×10 Signed Poster  - $20

24×30 Signed Poster  - $30


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