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Historic Montauk Lighthouse Gets $1 Million Renovation

Montauk Point Lighthouse
Kathy Kmonicek
The Montauk Point Lighthouse as seen in 2010.

It’s the first big makeover for the Montauk Point Lighthouse in more than 200 years. A $1.1 million restoration project is underway at the national landmark.

Work began this May to repair cracks and bulges in the 111-foot-tall building. A full masonry restoration is planned for next spring. And the iconic structure’s red and white stripes will get a fresh coat of paint. 

“It does have a lot of historical significance. It was one of the first public projects commissioned in the United States, because it dates back to when George Washington was president,” said Nick Racanelli who is with the Montauk Lighthouse Committee.

He says the project will be paid for by state grants, donations and corporate sponsorships. 

Work is expected to finish in 2021.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.