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Federal Historic Lighthouses Get New Lease on Life

GSA provides responsible asset management for unneeded federal property.

GSA# 10679

July 6, 2010
Contact: Maryanne Beatty, (202) 501-1231

Marie-Alice Denis, (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON – Historic lighthouses across the country will get a new lease on life thanks to the U.S. General Services Administration. For the last decade, GSA, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, has administered the federal program that conveys historic lighthouses to new stewards in accordance with the provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

“Historic lighthouses play a significant role in American culture. They are literally the beacon for the maritime heritage recognized throughout our country,” said GSA’s Commissioner of Public Buildings Robert A. Peck. “GSA is proud to take on a stewardship role in giving these historic treasures to new owners who will provide proper upkeep and continued care when these properties leave the federal inventory.”

Several lighthouses across the country will be made available to federal, state, and local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations. Organizations interested in these lighthouses will compete through a rigorous application process. If no suitable steward is identified, the lighthouses will be auctioned to the general public.

GSA plans to issue notices of availability for properties located in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, and Wisconsin. Interested parties should visit the website for additional information. Lighthouses available for public sale will be listed and auctioned at


Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.

  • GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services.
  • GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know? The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Since 2000, GSA has transferred 62 light stations out of Coast Guard ownership.

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