Without a doubt, the most beautiful feature of Graves Light is the lantern, the glass room which housed the great Fresnel lens.
Built into the cast metal floor are 13 little round skylights that were the sole source of natural light for the Watch Room below.
The years have been kind (the heavy glass has turned from clear to a purply sun-colored amethyst) and unkind (several of them are missing or broken).
Not a problem for Alison MacDonald of ACKFire Studios.
Using one carefully removed glass tile, Alison has created a mold in her Nantucket glass studio and is busy reproducing the missing pieces.
We hope to report that by end of summer, the skylights will be fully intact again and ready for the next century of use.