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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Point of Cape Hatteras, access road from Route 12, Buxton, Dare County, NC



B&W Photos

HB763682
General View Looking Southeast Showing Entry Elevation Of Lighthouse, Fencing, Oil House To Left And Path From Keeper's Cottage And Parking Lot

HB763683
General View Looking South-southeast At Entry Elevation, Oil House In Foreground And Boardwalk To Beach To Left

HB763684
General View Looking South-southeast At Entry Elevation, Oil House In Foreground, Closer Range

HB763685
General View Looking East

HB763686
General View Looking Northwest Over The Dunes

HB763687
General View Looking West-southwest From The Beach At Sunset

HB763688
South-southeast (front) Elevation Of Entry At Base Of Light Tower

HB763689
South-southeast (front) Elevation Of Entry At Base Of Light Tower, With Scale

HB763690
South-southeast (front) Elevation Of Entry At Base Of Light Tower, With Scale, Horizontal View

HB763691
Perspective View Of South-southeast (front) Entry Showing Pediment Of Doorway And Quoining Around Base

HB763692
East-northeast Side Elevation Of Base And Bottom Portion Of Tower, Oil House To Left

HB763693
View Looking Up At Top Portion Of Tower

HB763694
View Looking Up At Top Portion Of Tower, Closer Range

HB763695
Interior View Of Date Plague In Entry Of Tower

HB763696
General Interior View At Base Of Tower Showing Cast-iron Stairway, Weight Well, And Oil Tank (top Center)

HB763697
Interior View Of Stairway And Weight Well At Base Of Tower

HB763698
Interior View Of Bottom Of Stair And Newel Post At Base Of Tower

HB763699
Interior View, Detail Of Joint Of Case-iron Step

HB763700
Interior View Looking Down Spiraling Stairway To Base Of Tower

HB763701
Interior View Looking Through Cast-iron Window At Bracket Which Supports Gallery At Top Of Tower

HB763702
View Looking Cast-iron Bracket Supporting Gallery Through Interior Window

HB763703
View Looking Cast-iron Bracket Supporting Gallery Through Interior Window, With Flash Fill

HB763704
Interior View Of Mechanism That Turns Light In Lantern At Top Of Tower

HB763705
Interior Detail View Of Mechanism That Turns Light In Lantern At Top Of Tower

HB763706
Interior View Of Roof Of Lantern That Holds The Light, Showing Bracing That Held The Former Fresnel Lens In Place

HB763707
Cast-iron Gallery Deck And Balustrade At The Base Of The Lantern At The Top Of The Tower

HB763708
View Of Keeper's Cottages From Gallery At Top Of Tower

HB763709
View Of Coastline Looking South From Gallery At Top Of Tower

HB763710
View Surrounding Area (including Proposed New Site For Lighthouse) Looking Southwest From Gallery At Top Of Tower


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Item Title


Location
access road from Route 12, Buxton, NC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NC-357
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-22; N803).
Building/structure dates: 1869 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1873 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1879 subsequent work
National Register Number: 78000266
Significance: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is significant as an important aid to the navigation of the Atlantic Coast. The Diamond Shoals which extend up to ten miles out from Cape Hatteras, coupled with the Gulf Stream currents, earned this area its reputation as the "graveyard of the Atlantic." A lighthouse was first established here in 1803, heightened in 1853. It was replaced with the current lighthouse in 1869-70. The current light tower, painted with black and white spirals for recognition during the day, is the tallest brick light tower in the United States.

Subjects
Brick Buildings
Navigation
Lighthouses


Related Names
U.S. Coast Guard
Bien, Julius
Light-House Board, 5th District
Nicholson, Maj. George B.
Stetson, Dexter
Smith, Nicholas M.
Lindstrom, Frederick J., Field Team
Buehner, Timothy A., Field Team
Forde, Thomas P., Field Team
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer
Collins, Judith E., Delineator
Lavoie, Catherine C., Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST SHOWING ENTRY ELEVATION OF LIGHTHOUSE, FENCING, OIL HOUSE TO LEFT AND PATH FROM KEEPER'S COTTAGE AND PARKING LOT
2. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTH-SOUTHEAST AT ENTRY ELEVATION, OIL HOUSE IN FOREGROUND AND BOARDWALK TO BEACH TO LEFT
3. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTH-SOUTHEAST AT ENTRY ELEVATION, OIL HOUSE IN FOREGROUND, CLOSER RANGE
4. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING EAST
5. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST OVER THE DUNES
6. GENERAL VIEW LOOKING WEST-SOUTHWEST FROM THE BEACH AT SUNSET
7. SOUTH-SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION OF ENTRY AT BASE OF LIGHT TOWER
8. SOUTH-SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION OF ENTRY AT BASE OF LIGHT TOWER, WITH SCALE
9. SOUTH-SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION OF ENTRY AT BASE OF LIGHT TOWER, WITH SCALE, HORIZONTAL VIEW
10. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF SOUTH-SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ENTRY SHOWING PEDIMENT OF DOORWAY AND QUOINING AROUND BASE
11. EAST-NORTHEAST SIDE ELEVATION OF BASE AND BOTTOM PORTION OF TOWER, OIL HOUSE TO LEFT
12. VIEW LOOKING UP AT TOP PORTION OF TOWER
13. VIEW LOOKING UP AT TOP PORTION OF TOWER, CLOSER RANGE
14. INTERIOR VIEW OF DATE PLAGUE IN ENTRY OF TOWER
15. GENERAL INTERIOR VIEW AT BASE OF TOWER SHOWING CAST-IRON STAIRWAY, WEIGHT WELL, AND OIL TANK (TOP CENTER)
16. INTERIOR VIEW OF STAIRWAY AND WEIGHT WELL AT BASE OF TOWER
17. INTERIOR VIEW OF BOTTOM OF STAIR AND NEWEL POST AT BASE OF TOWER
18. INTERIOR VIEW, DETAIL OF JOINT OF CASE-IRON STEP
19. INTERIOR VIEW LOOKING DOWN SPIRALING STAIRWAY TO BASE OF TOWER
20. INTERIOR VIEW LOOKING THROUGH CAST-IRON WINDOW AT BRACKET WHICH SUPPORTS GALLERY AT TOP OF TOWER
21. VIEW LOOKING CAST-IRON BRACKET SUPPORTING GALLERY THROUGH INTERIOR WINDOW
22. VIEW LOOKING CAST-IRON BRACKET SUPPORTING GALLERY THROUGH INTERIOR WINDOW, WITH FLASH FILL
23. INTERIOR VIEW OF MECHANISM THAT TURNS LIGHT IN LANTERN AT TOP OF TOWER
24. INTERIOR DETAIL VIEW OF MECHANISM THAT TURNS LIGHT IN LANTERN AT TOP OF TOWER
25. INTERIOR VIEW OF ROOF OF LANTERN THAT HOLDS THE LIGHT, SHOWING BRACING THAT HELD THE FORMER FRESNEL LENS IN PLACE
26. CAST-IRON GALLERY DECK AND BALUSTRADE AT THE BASE OF THE LANTERN AT THE TOP OF THE TOWER
27. VIEW OF KEEPER'S COTTAGES FROM GALLERY AT TOP OF TOWER
28. VIEW OF COASTLINE LOOKING SOUTH FROM GALLERY AT TOP OF TOWER
29. VIEW SURROUNDING AREA (INCLUDING PROPOSED NEW SITE FOR LIGHTHOUSE) LOOKING SOUTHWEST FROM GALLERY AT TOP OF TOWER
General view looking southeast (duplicate of HABS No. NC-357-1)
General view looking northwest over the dunes (duplicate of HABS No. NC-357-5)


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