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Pigeon Point Lighthouse Restoration

For California State Parks Foundation

In 2014, the Hind Foundation granted $500,000 to the California State Parks Foundation for restoration of the breathtaking 115-foot tall Pigeon Point Lighthouse – one of the oldest and most photographed lighthouses on the West Coast.  Pigeon Point is a California Historic and Civil Engineering Landmark and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Completed in 1872, it was the most high-tech lighthouse of its time with state-of-the-art construction and a magnificent first-order Fresnel lens. More than a century of severe coastal weather had taken its toll on the Lighthouse. For safety reasons, the lighthouse has been closed to the public since December 2001. The Foundation’s grant launches Phase 2 of construction (the largest and most urgent of the rehabilitation phases) and garners the additional support needed to restore Pigeon Point by 2018. Specifically it allows restoration experts to dismantle, inspect, and restore/replace most of the corroded cast iron elements of the upper tower, as well as repairs to masonry essential to the project’s integrity. 

Noteworthy Results

•    Maritime History Preserved
For over 140 years, this stunning beacon has guided ships, inspired visitors from all over the world, and now will continue to serve as a window into California’s rich maritime history.

•    A Living Classroom
Today, more than 200,000 youth and adults find education, inspiration, and historical insight at Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park each year; 12,000 annual hostel guests have the opportunity to spend the night, experiencing the coast as the light keepers did; and, Pigeon Point serves 3,500 school children annually who participate in the park’s history and science education programs.

Area of Funding: Historical Landmark Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $500,000
Year Funded: 2014
Year Completed: 2017

About the Organization
California State Parks Foundation
50 Francisco Street, Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 262-4400

Provides for the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.