Point Fermin Lighthouse

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807 West Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA, USA

Point Fermin Lighthouse San Pedro Reviews

grandmar grandmar
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Point Fermin - Sibling to Hereford Inlet Oct 24, 2017
I like to take photos of lighthouses, so I looked on the Lighthouse Directory (https://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/index.htm) and there were at least two that I thought I could see in San Pedro. When I looked at the maps, I saw that the Point Fermin Lighthouse was fairly close to the hotel. It is located on Paseo del Mar at the foot of Gaffey Street in San Pedro. So we asked the hotel shuttle driver to take us by there on the way to taking the harbor tour. The lighthouse turned out to be in the trees so I couldn't see it clearly but Polly got out and went running off with her phone to take photos of it. She got some good photos.

Since I did not read all of the information in the Lighthouse Directory, I didn't know that we could have had a tour if we had been there a little later

OPEN HOURS: Tuesday through Sunday 1:00 to 400, p.m. The Lighthouse is closed to the public on Mondays. The lighthouse may be closed on major holidays and for special events in the park, please call ahead for specific dates.

ADMISSION: General admission is free; however, a donation is requested for each visitor. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children less than 40 inches in height may not be admitted to the tower.

TOURS: Guided tours are offered every hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 300 P.M. on Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations are not necessary for the general public.

The lighthouse was built in 1874 (Paul J. Pelz) and has been inactive since 1942. This lighthouse is a sibling of the East Brother Island Light in Northern California and the Hereford Inlet Light in New Jersey which I have seen. The original lantern was removed in 1942, but a wood replica lantern was installed in 1974. In December 2006, Malibu realtor Louis T. Busch donated the original 4th order Fresnel lens to the society for display at the lighthouse. The lighthouse was saved from demolition in 1972 and refurbished in 1972-74 by local preservationists, the lighthouse was then used for many years as the park superintendent's residence. In 2002 a $2.6 million project accomplished a complete restoration of the lighthouse. A chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the Point Fermin Lighthouse Society, supports the lighthouse and has opened it to visitors. In 2012 the lighthouse became available for transfer under NHLPA. The City of Los Angeles and three nonprofit organizations applied for ownership, and in January 2015 ownership was awarded to the city. Site manager: Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (Point Fermin Park).
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X_Drive says:
Quite a unique lighthouse!
Posted on: Jan 01, 2018
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Andy99 Andy99
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The Port of Los Angeles' Victorian Lighthouse Jun 14, 2013
Point Fermin Lighthouse was the lighthouse for the Port of Los Angeles from 1874 to 1942. As an aid to navigation, it guided ships around the Point Fermin cliff sand and into San Pedro harbor. It was built in 1874 at the time Phineas Banning was dredging a navigable channel to Wilmington and developing San Pedro harbor as an ocean port.

Point Fermin Lighthouse is designed in the Stick Style popular at the time and used for several other contemporary lighthouses. (Long before Mission Revival came into being.) With all the Victorian gingerbread it is a very cute structure indeed. The lighthouse was in operation until 1942. It was tended by lighthouse keepers who lived with their families in the lower section of the lighthouse. During World War II, radar gear replaced the light and the building became one of the first radar stations. After the war, the lighthouse was used by the parks department for maintenance of Point Fermin Park. Point Fermin Lighthouse was restored to its original appearance in 2001 and opened to tours in 2003.

Today, visitors can tour the interior of the lighthouse with a docent. There are displays on the Port of Los Angeles and the lighthouse. The Keeper's quarters, including a bedroom and kitchen, are furnished as they would have been in the early 20th century. You can climb up into the light tower on a very narrow and curving staircase. The support for the revolving lens goes right down into the house! The Keeper really lived with his job!

Very interesting! A surprise in Southern California!

No admission charge. Interior photography is not permitted.

Located in Point Fermin Park at the foot of Gaffey Street.
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X_Drive says:
What a shame that they don't allow photography, :(
Posted on: Jul 31, 2013
Cho says:
I like to see lighthouses too. Was in San Pedro once but didn't know about this one.
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013
Zagnut66 says:
I don't know why, but I've never thought of Los Angeles as having old lighthouses despite it being a port. Good review!
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013

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