The Georgia Trust

2015 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN RESTORATION

ST. SIMONS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DWELLING
St. Simons Island, Glynn County

The St. Simons Lighthouse Keeper's Dwelling sheltered lighthouse keepers and their families from 1872 until the lighthouse was automated in the 1950s. The Coastal Georgia Historical Society has maintained and operated the building as a museum of local history since 1975. In 2010 the need for interior and exterior repairs prompted the decision to restore the building to its 1872 appearance. The original specifications and drawings were available and used throughout the restoration. The hall staircase was reconstructed in the original style, the asphalt roof was replaced with cedar shingles, and historic paint colors were determined and used. The restored Lighthouse Keeper's Dwelling is a key component of the heritage tourism so vital to the local economy.


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