Lighthouses: A Close Up Look: A Tour of America's Iconic Architecture Through Historic Photos and Detailed Drawings

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Get an architect's view of America's lighthouses through the collections of the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) - preservers of America's architectural history with a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country.

With over 90 black and white photos and over 50 detailed architectural plans from the HABS/HAER website, you will delve into the internal and external ...

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Overview

Get an architect's view of America's lighthouses through the collections of the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) - preservers of America's architectural history with a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country.

With over 90 black and white photos and over 50 detailed architectural plans from the HABS/HAER website, you will delve into the internal and external structures of the lighthouses. Featured in the book are many unique lighthouse structures, such as the Port Mahon Lighthouse, which hovers over the water on pilings and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, which contains architectural details similar to those found on the White House. GPS coordinates and a brief history of many of the locations are also included, courtesy of www.ohiobarns.com, a website maintained by Ohio resident, Mike MacCarter.

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Editorial Reviews

Celtic Lady's Reviews

"A very well researched book"

Writer's Diary

"A very cool book for the history buff and lighthouse lover"

Bristol Herald Courier

"A fascinating book. . . . Terrific subject matter"

Yahoo! Voices

"This book provides a valuable link in the chain of preservation and appreciation."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565235601
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Built in America Series
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,400,244
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor Alan Giagnocavo - Alan is the Publisher for Fox Chapel Publishing, Skills Institute Press, Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine, and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Magazine. He has worked in the publishing industry his entire adult life, and currently spends his time acquiring new products and in market development.

Co-Author Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)- Established in 1933, HABS was developed to preserve the architectural history of America. Formed by the American Institute of Architects, The Library of Congress and the National Park Service, HABS is America's first federal preservation program and works to collect historic architectural photos and documents on a national scale. Learn more at: http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/habs/index.htm.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Forward
1: Point Reyes Lighthouse, Marin County, CA
2: Cedar Point Lighthouse, Plymouth County, MA
3: Cape Saint George Lighthouse, Franklin County, FL
4: Pigeon Point Lighthouse, San Mateo County, CA
5: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Dare County, NC
6: Jones Point Lighthouse, Independent City, VA
7: Reedy Island Range Rear Light, New Castle County, DE
8: Port Mahon Lighthouse, Kent County, DE
9: Hereford Inlet Light Station, Cape May County, NJ
10: Portland Breakwater, Cumberland County, ME
Index

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Shedding Light on Lighthouses

    Why do lighthouses touch us so deeply? Is it the idea of a light piercing the darkness to guide us to safety? Perhaps the image of a strong sentinel rising against the sky inspires us. Whatever the reason, lighthouses capture our imagination, a symbol of an era before GPS and other electronics directed our travels.
    Alan Giagnocavo and the Historic American Building Survey tap into the mystique of lighthouses in a volume that goes beyond the typical picture book and explores the inner workings of these intriguing structures. Working with archival documents and photographs, "Lighthouses" gives a depth of information often overlooked.
    While the pages contain numerous photos of the subject lighthouses, don't expect all of them to be beautiful tourist shots. Some of these lighthouses have suffered neglect and damage over the years and the photos reflect the conditions. The authors give us access to the story of the glory days as well as the deterioration some of the buildings experienced.
    In addition to exterior photos, construction blueprints take us behind the scenes to appreciate the techniques involved in building a dependable lighthouse. Construction details, such as the type of lens and the type of access to the light, help to fill in the character of the structures. Each location presented its own challenges and the authors show us how those challenges were met.
    The volume contains interesting trivia along with the hard facts. It covers lights from east to west and north to south: Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes. Iconic structures such as Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina and Port Reyes Lighthouse in California share the pages with Presque Isle Light Station in Michigan and Cape Spencer Lighthouse in Alaska. The reader will also discover some lighthouses that differ from the typical tower configuration.
    Much as I enjoyed this book (and I did), I had two small disappointments. First, many of the photo captions were verbatim quotes from the text, missing an opportunity to share an additional tidbit with the reader. Second, although the lens for each light is mentioned, only a few are pictured. I would have liked to see more on these amazing features, such as an overview page showing an example of each size, along with the focal length.
    The Historic American Building Survey links the work of the American Institute of Architects with that of the National Park Service and the Library of Congress in an effort to "preserve the architectural history of America" (page 178). Many of the subject lighthouses fall under NPS jurisdiction. This book provides a valuable link in the chain of preservation and appreciation. Readers who enjoy "how it's done" books, history facts or construction details will enjoy "Lighthouses: A Close-Up Look."
    This review is based upon a review copy supplied by the publisher.

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