The beloved Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is getting some extra TLC in the month of May. With permission from the US Coast Guard, the light will be turned off for the duration of the month as it undergoes restoration.
Due to weathering, the cast iron roof plates on the lighthouse have rusted areas that are rapidly deteriorating. Preservation works to repair the structure and waterproof the tower are top concerns for the restoration project.
Other efforts include repairs to the cupola and watch room door, and the installation of a safety handrail at the top of the spiral staircase that leads to the watch room.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum is asking for donations to help fund the roof restoration efforts—with a special incentive: Donors to the restoration will be invited to a Re-Light the Light countdown party upon the project’s completion.
The lighthouse team chose expert preservationists to lead the project, including Ken Smith from Ken Smith Architects, lens conservationist Joe Cocking from Lighthouse Lamp Shop, metal smith expert Alex Klahm from Architectural Metal and Design and Anthony Houllis from Razorback LLC.
Although the lighthouse tower will be closed for climbing during the month of May, visitors can see the brand new exhibit Keeping the Light at Jupiter Inlet: Adventures in the Lives of Lighthouse Keepers in the lighthouse keepers workshop. Admission prices will be reduced during the restoration.
The project is expected to finish by the end of May, but may need additional days in June for completion if weather delays occur.
(Photos courtesy Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum)