Florida Lighthouse Association, Inc.

Preserving, Restoring, Protecting & Defending Florida's Lighthouse Towers

Key West Lighthouse

Photo: J. K. Stromstedt-Allen

Active: No

Characteristics: Fixed, white light.

Height: 86 feet, 98 steps

DayMark: White-washed conical brick tower with a black lantern

History: Constructed 1847. First Lighted January 15, 1848. On National Register Listing. Deactivated: December 1, 1969. Restored in 1989-91.

Lens: Original: Thirteen Lewis patent lamps with 21-inch reflectors (1847-1858); Winslow Lewis 1847. Present: third-order fixed Fresnel lens (1859). Focal Plane: 91 feet (originally 67 feet).

Construction: Architect: Smith, Keeney and Hollowday Co. Builder: Duncan Cameron. Conical masonry tower constructed of brick, granite and iron.

Other Buildings: Keeper's dwelling, privy, oil storage house, chicken coop.

Operated by: Key West Art & Historical Society

Visit Status: Open to Public

Days Open: Open daily

Facilities: Museum, Gift Shop, handicap accessible

Hours Open: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Visitor Info: Admission includes restored keeper’s dwelling with museum, and displays of several Fresnel lenses, including the first-order fixed lens from the Sombrero Reef Lighthouse.

Admission: $8.00
Key West Art & Historical Society, Inc.
Lori Reid
938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL  33040

Email: LReid@KWAHS.org
Website:  www.KWAHS.com/lighthouse.htm

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