This collection of photos is from the fall of 2013, right after the Coast Guard handed us the key to Graves Light when we took ownership, and before what promises to be a long restoration process.
Our front door, 40 feet above the rocks. The date marks when construction of Graves Light began.
Panoramic view of the 6th level, above the top of the granite tower and below the lamp room. Click on image to get the full view.
The ceiling of the level below the lamp room. See the spiral staircase at about 7 o’clock in the picture. The hexagonal skylights are made of round, sun-colored amethyst glass panes. They are original.
A panoramic view of level 5. This is the top floor of the granite tower. Click on image to enlarge.
The staircase in level 5. The modern electrical gear was installed by the Coast Guard to support the solar-powered light and fog horn.
Coast Guard equipment to store solar energy and power the beacon and fog horn, on level 5.
Now you’ve seen the entirety of the 5th level of Graves Light, as it looked in October 2013.
The ceiling of level 5. This may have been covered with fine oak paneling, which we will reconstruct if we can confirm the original ceiling. See the spiral staircase to the left.
A panoramic view of level 4. This empty room gives a good idea of the size. Each of the 5 levels inside the granite tower is only 13 feet in diameter.
The stairway on level 4, going up to level 5. That wooden door appears to be original. If so, we will use it as a prototype to build the other doors.
Looking down at the floor of level 4. The room is only 13 feet in diameter. This is not the original floor; we’ll locate the architectural plans and ultimately will reconstruct one.
The ceiling of level 4. This may have been covered originally with splendid oak paneling.
A panoramic shot of living quarters on level 2. The block glass in the window is not original. We have the original windows and will re-install them. Click on image for larger view.
Level 2 was the fog-signal plant.
A close-up of the original glazed brick interior, where it meets the floor. This is on level 2, but is typical of 5 levels.
The ceiling of level 2, awaiting attention.
The stairway, looking down to level 1 from level 2.
Our “living room.” Level 1, the landing or entrance level to Graves Light. You have to climb the 40-foot ladder to get in here. Click on image for larger view.
Level 1, looking at the staircase. We painted “Graves Light Station” on an old life ring just for fun.
The ceiling of level 1.
The floor of level 1. The two circular iron caps are the covers for the cisterns – one for fresh water and one that was used for compressed air to power the fog horn, and later to store fuel.
(November 3, 2013)