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Harbor Beach Lighthouse Restoration Complete

Craig Routzahn

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:34:30 EDT

 


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    The Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society has announced it has completed the refinishing of the exterior of the lighthouse tower, its final major capital restoration project. The work was done by Harbor Beach based Al's Tree Service, a specialty project painting company owned by Allen Brandow. He and key employee Lee Elliott did all the work. It involved using a high gloss, epoxy based white exterior coating which has a projected minimum life of 30+ years and required building scaffolding around the entire structure. Tours this summer were closed so the work could be done without interruption. Tours will restart in June 2021.
      The other major restoration project completed two years ago was the reconstruction of the original fog signal building. It is an exact duplicate of the original structure and used pre-finished powder coated roof and siding components that also have a 30+ year projected life. It houses a growing number of exhibits for tour participants that show the maritime history of Harbor Beach and the construction of the breakwall and lighthouse that is still considered the largest freshwater harbor in the world.
    The Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society was established when the Coast Guard announced it would no longer be maintaining the lighthouse. "We formed our Society as a response to a national plan by the Coast Guard to stop maintaining lighthouses as an active aid to navigation due to the rapid switch to on board electronic navigation technology." states Buzz Hoerr, Society Board Chair. "There are 129 recognized lighthouses in Michigan, the largest number of any state, and there are now dedicated individuals, groups and local government entities that have taken actual ownership of most of them in order to restore them and provide public access in the form of tours."
    Skip Kadar, Society President noted, "This project has brought together a large group of area tradespeople, residents who enjoy being tour docents, private donors and the Huron County Community Foundation to provide the financial support needed to completely restore the lighthouse." "It has truly been a community volunteer effort, adding up to thousands of hours over several years to get to this point," stated Pam Semp, Society gift shop manager and also a longtime Board Member commented. She went on to say, "It makes all of us feel so proud at how our community has come together to restore our most important symbol. Come visit us next summer!"
    Huron County Community Foundation Executive Director, Mackenzie Price Sunbland added, "HCCF was pleased to provide grant support for this project. Protecting our county's history and further beautifying public spaces are two areas the Community Foundation has supported since our inception. We are proud to play a small role in the Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society's efforts."
Additional lighthouse information, including tour reservations, can be found at http://harborbeachlighthouse.org/ .
   


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