"Design for the N.W. Seal Rock Lt. House [sic] near Crescent City, Cal."
"Design for the N.W. Seal Rock Lt. House [sic] near Crescent City, Cal."
By George Ballantyne, ca.1883
Ink and wash on paper
20 3/4" x 28 1/4"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the U.S. Coast Guard

More Lighthouses: St. George Reef Light, California
St. George Reef Light is the official name of this lighthouse located off the coast of northern California near Crescent City. Its beacon and fog signal warned ships of the treacherous rocks and reefs nearby. The light's location was selected because the area had a history of serious maritime accidents. However, this site, battered by stormy waters, presented challenges to the designer as well as hazardous conditions for construction workers and, later, for lightkeepers. At a cost of more than $704,000, St. George Reef was the most expensive lighthouse built to that time. Unlike the typical lighthouse design by federal architect Ammi B. Young, which consisted of a separate keeper's cottage and light tower, the living quarters and light tower at St. George Reef Light were housed in the same structure.

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