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The current Bodie Island Lighthouse was built in the model of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It stands 156 feet tall and is located on the Roanoke Sound side of the first island that is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and is one of the very few lighthouses that feature an active 1st order Fresnel lens.
The corrosive conditions of the seashore have resulted in extensive deterioration of the structure, including ten historic lighting fixtures of the lighthouse's interior. As a part of a major restoration project intended to restore and preserve the structural integrity of the lighthouse, Grand Light was asked to restore seven fixtures from the interior of the structure as well as three fixtures from the nearby Oil House.
The seven lighting fixtures from the interior of the lighthouse were manufactured by Russell & Stoll and constructed in cast iron with a water tight rating. The fixtures had suffered extensive deterioration of the original finish. The adjacent Oil House featured three porcelain RLM-style pendant lighting fixtures, which were also in dire need of restoration.
The restoration of the three porcelain the RLM-style fixtures began with the removal of the top mounting components which were then beadblasted to remove rust and previous coatings of paint, and to achieve a clean, uniform surface as was done with the wall sconces. They too were then primed and given two coats of marine-grade silver paint, with two protective top-coats of incralac clear lacquer to prevent future corrosion., The reflectors had significant deterioration on the outer edges, that had to be completely reconstructed. Once they were reconstructed, they were coated to match the original porcelain green color.
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Norfolk, VA 23502
New Haven, CT
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