The Point Reyes Lighthouse has reopened to the public following an extensive renovation, giving visitors a refreshed look at the lighthouse that’s provided guidance to the ships of the Pacific Ocean for nearly 150 years.
On Friday, visitors to the lighthouse were greeted with the glorious restoration that took 13 months and cost $5.7 million. The renovations were extensive, with restorations to the lighthouse lens and clockworks, roof replacement, blast cleaning to all iron and cast components and a complete repainting. It’s the best it’s looked in over a century.
Built in 1870, the lighthouse became a beacon for the many Pacific Ocean ships during the latter part of the 19th century. It acted as a warning for the jagged rocks sitting off the Northern California shore, which caused wrecks to more than 50 ships and numerous drownings over the years.
The well-known wind and fog of the Point Reyes National Seashore peeled the paint and corroded the infrastructure of the building over the years. The lighthouse will celebrate its 150th birthday on December 1, 2020.