Unique construction key to
Special to the ICO
Arena Light Station may soon be recognized as a National
Historical Landmark. Sharon Secco of the Point Arena
Lighthouse Keepers is spearheading the efforts to persuade
the U.S. government to accord this special status to the
the Department of the Interior officially identified a
number of buildings in Point Arena, including the Point
Arena Light Station, as historic structures and included
them in their National Register of Historic Places.
While this classification helps to prevent the destruction
of the buildings so identified, it does not ensure their
upkeep or restoration.
Historical Landmark status is a more specialized
classification and requires that the structure be unique and
nationally significant. Additionally, for the Point
Arena Lighthouse to be considered as a National Historic
Landmark, the California State Office of Historic
Preservation must support that designation.
to lighthouse manager Jeff Gales, Secco has successfully
provided the appropriate empirical data about the Point
Arena Lighthouse to the California State Office of Historic
Preservation, persuading them to document, in an official
letter, the importance of the Point Arena Lighthouse to our
important letter cites the unique characteristic of the
Point Arena Lighthouse which distinguishes it from all
others in the nation: "The Point Arena Lighthouse was the
first, poured in place, reinforced concrete lighthouse tower
ever built in the United States, and became a model for
lighthouse on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay is
the most prominent local example of lighthouses built
utilizing the poured in place, reinforced concrete
technique, with other examples cited in the letter being
those lighthouses located at Lloyd Harbor and Navassa Bay in
recognized as an official National Historical Landmark is
more than an honorary status. "This designation can
open up additional opportunities to apply for important
funding the lighthouse desperately needs to help preserve
the facility," said Secco.
through the efforts of many dedicated people such as Sharon
Secco that the Point Arena Light Station will be preserved
for the education and enjoyment of many generations to
come," Gales said.
Arena Lighthouse is a nonprofit, charitable organization
dedicated to the preservation of the historic light station.
For more information, call (707) 882-2777.
*Independent Coast Observer
(ICO), May 21, 2004.