Restoration work begins at South Haven lighthouse

A construction worker sets up a fence to keep visitors away from the South Haven lighthouse while it's being restored. (Oct. 8, 2015)

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Restoration work is underway at South Haven’s historic lighthouse.

Over the next several weeks, construction will focus on the interior of the 112-year-old structure. The first phase of the project is expected to be finished by mid-November.

The second phase of the restoration — the exterior work — will be done in 2016.

A construction worker sets up a fence to keep visitors away from the South Haven lighthouse while it's being restored. (Oct. 8, 2015)
(A construction worker sets up a fence to keep visitors away from the South Haven lighthouse while it’s being restored. Oct. 8, 2015)

For the next several weeks, a construction fence will limit public access to the end of the pier head on the south side of the channel.

Project manager Dave Varney of Century Restoration LLC said there is a lot of rust throughout the interior of the lighthouse. The metal will be sandblasted, primed and re-painted.

The second-story keepers room will also be refinished and the glass and seams of the third story room which houses the beacon will be replaced, according to a news release from the Historical Association of South Haven.

The restoration project is a result of the “Save the Light” fundraising effort conducted by the Historical Association of South Haven (HASH) which owns the lighthouse. The $300,000 campaign goal has nearly been met with gifts and pledges totaling $285,000. The campaign will continue through the end of the year.

One of the final phases of the fundraising initiative is the sale of personalized commemorative bricks that will be placed in a walkway leading to the South Pier.

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Online:

Historical Association of South Haven

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