Point Fermin Lighthouse
807 West Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA, USA
www.pointferminlighthouse.org - (310) 241-0684
Point Fermin Lighthouse San Pedro Reviews
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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