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Designing The Lighthouse

When I purchased Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse from the federal government in 2011, I knew the nearly 100-year-old sorely neglected...

The Break Wall

Access to the lighthouse has always been a challenge. Direct water access is only available on the east side next to Fairport Harbor via...

The Case of the Missing Dock

When the engineers designed Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse and the platform where it sits, they designed only one access point to the...

97th Birthday Celebration

Each year, we celebrate the day, June 9, 1925, that the beacon was first lit at Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse. It’s the lighthouse’s...

Burhani Windows

I first met John Burhani in November 2011 shortly after I purchased Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse from a government auction. He had...

The Pandemic Pause

News of an unusual virus coming out of China began circulating in December 2019. The highly contagious strain of coronavirus, named...

The Elusive Utilities

When I first purchased the lighthouse, I knew it needed a lot of repair and restoration. I also knew that whatever utilities (running...

Divine Intervention

We all know that God works in mysterious ways. One night recently, as I was walking back to the lighthouse from the parking lot carrying...

Life Savers

Lighthouses and their keepers have often been known for saving ships and lives from the dangers of Mother Nature. History has documented...

Chris and Friends

One of the great things about owning a lighthouse is that you have a lot of visitors. Most are strangers who contact me for a tour or...

The Wine Cellar

Like most old buildings, the lighthouse has its share of unexplained nooks and crannies. The large area in the eves under the roof...

Sunset Point

When I purchased the lighthouse in 2011, there was very little left inside. There was no furniture, plumbing, sinks, toilets, doors,...

Roar Off the Shore

In sharp contrast to the quiet, majestic Tall Ships that sailed into Fairport Harbor in early July 2016, later that month Cleveland...

Historic Places Plaque Presentation

In 1991, the U.S. Coast Guard submitted the paperwork for Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse to be listed on the National Register of...

Tall Ships 2016

Each year, the Tall Ships America organization, which focuses on youth education, leadership development and the preservation of the...

Painting the Lighthouse

Whether you’re renovating just one room or an entire building, the cost of renovation can be particularly high when you’re dealing with a...

Split Queen

While the lighthouse restoration has been focused primarily on repairing the structure, thoroughly painting inside and out, patching...

The Service Level

I’ve had a lot of people tell me that it’s hard to visualize the inside of the lighthouse. Many are surprised to hear that there are...

Lighthouse Lucy

If you’ve been to visit the lighthouse this summer or gone by via boat, you may have noticed a beautiful blond patrolling the platform...