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Monomoy Point Light Station, Approximately 3500 feet Northeast Powder Hole Pond, Chatham, Barnstable County, MA



B&W Photos

HB555085
General View Of Light Station, Looking West

HB555086
General View Of Light Station, Looking North

HB555087
General View Of Light Station, Looking Southeast

HB555088
View Of West Elevation

HB555089
View Of Light Tower, Looking North

HB555090
Detail View Showing Base Of Light Tower, Looking Southeast

HB555091
Detail View Of Tower, Looking East

HB555092
View Of Tower Stairs From Base

HB555093
Interior View Of Lantern, Looking East

HB555094
View Of Kitchen, Looking Northwest

HB555095
View Of Northwest Bedroom, Looking Northwest

HB555096
View Of Fuel House, Looking Northwest

HB555097
Monomoy L

HB555098
First Floor Plan

HB555099
Second Floor Plan

HB555100

HB555101

HB555102


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Item Title


Location
Approximately 3500 feet Northeast Powder Hole Pond, Chatham vicinity, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-62
Building/structure dates: 1823 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1849 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1857 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1865 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1894 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1900 subsequent work
Significance: Originally built in response to Federal period growth in coastal traffic, the Monomoy Point Light Station is now significant as an early example of cast-iron light construction for a secondary, fixed coastal light. The complex today lacks the light's glass, lamp, and lens, and several auxiliary structures, but remains relatively well-preserved with its modified Cape Cod dwelling and brick oil house. The site retains evidence of mid-nineteenth century cast-iron light construction, and a vivid sense of the isolation inherent in lighthouse operation. There is also unexplored potential here for archaeological remains of the 1823 station and artifacts of its use and occupation, aspects of early 19th century lighthouse administration, which are rarely studied.

Related Names
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Lepante, Henri
Stanton, William
Gill, James B.
Cyrus Alger & Company
Bonney, Pelham


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF LIGHT STATION, LOOKING WEST
2. GENERAL VIEW OF LIGHT STATION, LOOKING NORTH
3. GENERAL VIEW OF LIGHT STATION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
4. VIEW OF WEST ELEVATION
5. VIEW OF LIGHT TOWER, LOOKING NORTH
6. DETAIL VIEW SHOWING BASE OF LIGHT TOWER, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
7. DETAIL VIEW OF TOWER, LOOKING EAST
8. VIEW OF TOWER STAIRS FROM BASE
9. INTERIOR VIEW OF LANTERN, LOOKING EAST
10. VIEW OF KITCHEN, LOOKING NORTHWEST
11. VIEW OF NORTHWEST BEDROOM, LOOKING NORTHWEST
12. VIEW OF FUEL HOUSE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
13. MONOMOY L. H. No date.
14. FIRST FLOOR PLAN. MONOMOY POINT LT. STATION, MASS., SHOWING PROPOSED ALTERATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF DWELLING. No. 1343. SHEET 1 of 5. July 1899.
15. SECOND FLOOR PLAN. MONOMOY POINT LT. STATION, MASS., SHOWING PROPOSED ALTERATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF DWELLING. No. 1343. SHEET 2 OF 5. July 1899. 16. [WEST] ELEVATION. MONOMOY POINT LT. STATION, MASS., SNOWING PROPOSED ALTERATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF DWELLING. No. 1343. SHEET 3 of 5. July 1899. 17. [WEST] ELEVATION. MONOMOY POINT LT. STATION, MASS., SNOWING PROPOSED ALTERATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF DWELLING. No. 1343. Sheet 4 of 5. July 1899. 18. [EXISTING] FIRST FLOOR PLAN. MONOMOY POINT LT. STATION, MASS., SHOWING PROPOSED ALTERATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF DWELLING. No. 1343. Sheet 5 of 5. July 1899.


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