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Penfield Reef Lighthouse, Long Island Sound, Bridgeport, Fairfield County, CT



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Location
Long Island Sound, Bridgeport, CT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CT-171
Building/structure dates: 1874 initial construction
Significance: Penfield Reef Lighthouse, completed in 1874, is a significant example of mid-nineteenth-century lighthouse engineering and design. It was among the last water-bound masonry lighthouses constructed in the United States before the U.S. Lighthouse Board switched to cast-iron materials in the 1870s. Its Second Empire design reflected the national enthusiasm for revival architectural styles. Penfield Reef Lighthouse is also significant in the history of navigational aids in Long Island Sound as part of the federal program to accommodate post-Civil War shipping in Bridgeport Harbor.

Related Names
U.S. Lighthouse Board
Brewster, Robert, Photographer
Adams, Virginia H., Historian
Kierstead, Matthew A., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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