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GSA Making 12 Historic Lighthouses Available at No Cost to Public Organizations Willing to Preserve Them

June 7, 2011

Beacons of light and life across the nation need new caretakers.

GSA# 10801

MaryAnne Beatty, 202-501-0768

Marie-Alice Denis 202-219-0965

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration is looking for a few good stewards to preserve a key slice of the nation's maritime history. As part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, the agency is offering 12 historic lighthouses, at no cost, to eligible state or local entities, nonprofit corporations, historic preservation groups, or community development organizations.

“These diverse lighthouses are testaments to the richness and beauty of American history and serve as markers of exploration and discovery,” said PBS Deputy Commissioner of Public Buildings David Foley. "GSA is committed to ensuring that these national beacons of light and life are transferred to new stewards dedicated to preserving their historic significance."

GSA, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Interior's National Park Service, administers the federal program that conveys historic lighthouses to new stewards under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

The lighthouses available this year are some of the most emblematic of the important role lighthouses have had in the nation's history. They are the Ile aux Galetts Light, Port Austin Reef Light, and Alpena Light in Michigan; the Brandywine Shoal, Ship John Shoal, and Miah Maull Shoal Lights in New Jersey; Race Rock and Orient Point Lights in New York; the Point Tuna Light – also known as Punta Tuna – in Puerto Rico; the Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse in Wisconsin; the Fowey Rocks Light in Florida; and San Pedro's Point Fermin Light in California.

Organizations interested in acquiring one of the lighthouses need to submit a letter expressing interest in the property and complete a rigorous application process. If no suitable steward is identified, the lighthouses will be auctioned to the general public.

To find out more information on these properties and how to submit a letter of interest, visit National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. Lighthouses available for public sale will be listed and auctioned at For more information about GSA’s Real Property Utilization and Disposal program, visit


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