Lorain Lighthouse Preservation Fund
The Lorain Lighthouse is on the National Register of Historical Places and is recognized by the Lorain County Preservation Network as a Lorain County Landmark. The Lighthouse is also a member of The Northeast Ohio Inter Museum Council.
The Lorain Lighthouse will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary on June 30th, 2017. It was decommissioned in 1965 and scheduled for demolition in 1989 and was saved when a private group agreed to take ownership of the lighthouse.
Restoration projects completed so far are:
1. New slate roof,
2. Exterior stucco repair and repaint,
3. Window replacement,
4. LED flood lights,
5. Volunteers replacing electrical wiring,
6. Replacing 2nd floor maple hardwood floor and baseboards,
7. Interior doors , pantry and fog horn cabinet
The lighthouse has been refurnished with 1950 period furniture as it was when the coast guard maned it. We have also reaquired and refurbished the original fourth order Fresnel lens which was installed in 1932. All this was achieved by our working, non-payed all volunteer board, doing fund raisers, seeking donations and receiving some grant money.
Just to keep the lighthouse open for tours during the summer costs a little over $24,000 per year with insurance being over 50%of the cost. We raise about $10,000 per year with fund raisers, tours and donations
leaving us short about $14,000 per year. We are currently running short of money and may not be able to celebrate our 100th Anniversary with out the help of donors who care about preserving this lighthouse. The funds will be used to subsidize operations and also for continued maintenance. We have preserved and refurbished the Lighthouse for the past 28 years with untold thousands of labor hours of volunteers and donations.
We are asking for your help to keep our "Jewel of the Port" open to the public for all to see and visit. We and the community will be forever grateful for all of your support. Please help!
Edward J. Baker
Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.
Preparations are now under way and we the Lorain Lighthouse Foundation are preparing to celebrate her 100th birthday and we need your help. we are hoping you, our friends of the Lighthouse can help in projects and operations for the future. Our major expenses insurance on the Lighthouse and the lens, utilities and maintenance. On June 30th 2017 we will be commemorating our 100th anniversay with an Ohio Historical Marker that will cost us $2,730. In addition, some future projects are:
1. Custom built cabinets for the Tool Room at the Lighthouse
2. Over haul of our 18 year old work boat
3. Installing a new flag pole at the Lighthouse.
4. Setting up a live stream video on the internet showing boat traffic going both east and west and weather conditions at the lighthouse. and
5. Fixing the dock at the Lighthouse and monitoring the breakwall which appears to be shifting.
With your help we accomplish much . "Keep the Ligh Shinning" Sincerely, Ed Baker
On Thursday August 11th, 2016, we had a donor who wishes to remain anonymous donate $1,000.00 by check payable directly to the Lorain Lighthouse Foundation . Ken Cromer also donated $50.00 by check as well. Thanks to each of you for you donation. we conducted tours of the Lighthouse on Sunday and had 72 people touring the building.