Block Island Southeast Light
South East Light Road
Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island Southeast Light is a lighthouse located on Mohegan Bluffs at the southeastern corner of Block Island, Rhode Island. It is one of the most architecturally sophisticated lighthouses built in the United States in the 19th century.
It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1997.
This light was finally built in 1874, with the lamp first lit on February 1, 1875.
It is a sophisticated expression of the Gothic Revival executed in brick, and was a marked contrast to earlier lighthouses, which were generally more functional in appearance. The main tower is 67 feet (20 m) in height, with an octagonal granite foundation and brick exterior, which rises to a cast iron parapet and open gallery around the lantern chamber. This is topped by a sixteen-sided pyramidal copper roof with a ball ventilator and lightning rod. The original roof was cast iron, and was replaced in 1994.
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