The masons have been hard at work on the light tower restoration project. Repointing and and repairs to broken and failing bricks are largely completed. (The lowest 6-8′ of the masonry will have to be repaired after the scaffolding has been taken down.) The focus now is on repairing the topmost courses of brick. Bricks close to the connection between the masonry and the metal platform surrounding the metal top of the tower (the cap or bonnet) have shifted as the metal rusts and expands. The top several courses of brick are being removed to allow cleaning and treatment of the underside of the platform. Then the brickwork will be restored.
Also underway is removal of the ventilation ball from the very top of the lighthouse tower so that it can be cleaned and repaired. The ball weighed less than expected – around 150 lbs rather than the expected 200 – 300 – but just the same, removing it was a delicate job, carried out with care and expertise by Tito Masonry employees. The ball is traveling to Rockland Steel for cleaning, repairs and restoration. The temporary topper and the supplemental scaffolding will stay at the top of the tower until the ball is returned. The light is not obscured.