The construction cost was estimated not to exceed $100,000. $50,000 was allocated for the project that month, and by July 1908, West Bank Lighthouse had been raised for $9,197.96. The purchasing of land and performing preliminary work amounted to $9,253.16. This project and its constructions were carried out on Staten Island. An additional $50,000 was appointed by the Congress in March 1909, and a contract for erecting the Staten Island Lighthouse was awarded to architecture later that year. The main contractor was the New Jersey Foundry and Machine Company.
As evidenced by the year inscribed in the base of the tower, most of the lighthouse was completed in 1909. By July 1910, the lighthouse only lacked its lantern and iron staircase though all its constructions had been completed. After the completion of the construction, there were provisions for its security. This prompted the construction a keeper’s dwelling place within the compound of the lighthouse tower. Specifications and Plans for the nearby keepers dwelling were drawn up in 1910, and by July 1911, 25% of the residence constructions were finished. The lightswere finally put into operation by April 15, 1912, when all work at the station had been completed except for laying the sidewalks, grading, and installing a lightning rod at the top of the tower.
This additional construction work was put on hold until 1915, and the total cost of the station came up to $73,972.64. On the day the lights ware to go into service, a local newspaper carried the following announcement: “Tonight, for the first time a great white ray of 300,000 candlepower will bore a hole through the gloom seaward from the new 100-foot tower on the hill at Richmond, Staten Island. ” The stately, architecturally pleasing tower looks like something that one would expect to see constructed on an isolated, low-lying coast rather than atopof a hill in the New York’s harbor.
When Staten Island Lighthouse started working in 1912, the New York Times wrote that it was “destined to take its place among famous beacons of the world, such as Eddy-stone Lighthouse, on the Eddy-stone Rocks, about fourteen miles from Plymouth, England. ” Key features of the Lighthouse by 1912 When architectures are designing a particular piece of work, there are several elements that they have to put into consideration.
With a reflection of the Ambrose Channel Rear Range Light, there are several aspects that were considered during the drawing of the plan. These aspects aimed at meeting the desires of the people of America who were to use the tower.
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