Tower Phase 1 Restoration Complete

The interior of the light tower at the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station has been transformed by a restoration project that was carried out between September and December of 2015 by Amburg Builders and Construction of Swan’s Island. In restoring the tower, the Town is following a detailed engineering cost study and workplan commissioned by the Town in 2013 and prepared by Resurgence Engineering of Portland, ME. To complete Phase 1 of the Tower Workplan, Amburg Builders:

  • Removed cupola window panes, repaired metal frames and astragals, so that the panes could be returned and professionally reglazed.
  • Removed the wooden wainscoting in the lantern room, restored it and replaced it.
  • Repaired leaks in the metal shell of the cupola.
  • Removed lantern vents in the lantern room, repaired, restored and reinstalled them.
  • Removed rust and lead paint from all wood and metal surfaces in the lantern room and the watch room, and from the stairs.
  • Refinished all wooden and metal interior surfaces with architecturally approved paints in historically accurate paint colors.

For a photo gallery with “before and after” photos of the interior restoration of the tower, click here.

 

What Visitors Have To Say

You truly have a treasure…. perched out here atop the rocks with the vast sea at the doorstep…. we watched a bright moon spilling its light onto the water, listening to the music of the waves, and wondering anew at the stars emerging in the dark sky….

- Susan, September 2017

Sunrises and sunsets are stunning, punctuated by the parade of lobster and sail boats.

- Barbara, August 18, 2017

This has been a lifetime experience! The beauty of Swan’s Island can’t be described in words or photographs, for they just don’t do it justice….I look forward to coming back again next year!

- Lacy, September 2017

We are fortunate to have traveled to many places in this world, but still contend, by far, this is the prettiest place on earth. Stay in the keeper's house - you will not be disappointed!!!! It is special.

- Spencer, July 10, 2017

We just stayed there and it is tremendous. The view and setting is amazing. The quality of the Keeper's house (2nd floor) is excellent. It is fresh, well decorated and spacious.

- Mary, July 15, 2017

Took our weekly vacation on Swans Island, really enjoyed our great times there with our family & friends.

- Edith, April 20, 2016

The apartment, the weather, the people, the beach, the trails and especially the views have been exceptional.

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 2017

I cannot express the gratitude I have for all of the dedication and hard work that has been given to the restoration of such a beautiful Light House.

- Kathy, July 2, 2017