Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse closed for renovation

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July 2, 2022

By Rick Pezzullo—

The historic Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse is expected to be closed for at least 10 months for major renovations.

The $3.4 million capital project undertaken by Westchester County is scheduled to begin after the July 4 weekend.

According to Sleepy Hollow officials, the project will restore the lighthouse, stabilize the structure and prevent further deterioration.

The work will consist of repairing and repainting the exterior cast iron, replacing the windows and doors, repairing the cracks in the cellar, cleaning and repointing the masonry of the foundations, restoring the interior plaster and paint finishes and repairing the floors. Of wood.

The project will also include the reconstruction of the intermediate landing between the bridge and the footbridge, a new security barrier on the mainland and new electric and exterior lighting.

Although the lighthouse is closed for tours, open houses and school outings, Kingsland Point Park and the Riverwalk will remain open.

The lighthouse once stood half a mile offshore, warning ships of dangerous shoals on the east side of the Hudson River. Years of landfilling by the former General Motors factory has moved the shoreline just feet from the light. The cast iron tower was installed in 1883. During its 78 years of operation, 12 lighthouse keepers and their families occupied the five-story structure.

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