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       Welcome to the Lorain Ohio Lighthouse, our "Jewel of the Port®". The Lorain Lighthouse is owned and operated by the Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. an IRC Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio.

We invite you to enjoy the "Jewel of the Port®" in Lorain, Ohio, and to become a "Friend of the Lighthouse" and/or Volunteer.

    The 2014 Tour Dates Are Scheduled:  

·         May:

o   31 Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm

 

·         June:

o   06 Friday 5:00-6:30 pm

o   14 Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm

o   20 Friday 5:00-6:30 pm

o   28 Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm

 

·         July:

o   04 Friday 5:00-7:00 pm

o   12 Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm

o   26 Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm

 

·         August:

o   02 Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm

o   30 Saturday 2:00-4:00 pm


  PRESS RELEASE:

Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. Announces Return of Original Lighthouse Lens

Original 4th Order Fresnel Lens to be on Public Display

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 [Lorain, Ohio/February 24, 2014]

 

The Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that the mirrored Fresnel lens that provided a 15-mile radius of illumination for the Lorain Lighthouse in now back in Lorain and will be on public display, kicked off during March 18, 2014 open house celebration of the New Lorain Port Authority Building.

 

“After 48 years, We’re very pleased to have the lens returned to Lorain where it belongs,” says foundation chairman, Steven Luca, “especially since the 100th anniversary of the Jewel of the Port ® will take place in 2017.”

 

The lens, which was installed at the lighthouse in 1932, was dismantled in 1966 and used in an upper New York lighthouse. Working with the United States Coast Guard, the Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. has secured a lease that will allow the lens to be displayed at The Lorain Port Authority offices located along Lorain’s Black River.

 

A brief history of the current lighthouse structure includes:

  • 1917: Structure is built
  • 1965: Lighthouse was decommissioned and slated for demolition,
  • 1977: Lorain County Historical Society took possession of the deed,
  • 1990: Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. receives the deed for $1.00,
  • 2014: Fresnel Lens Returns to Lorain, Ohio.

 A major restoration of the Lorain lighthouse is ongoing and is expected to be completed in 2014. A more detailed history of the lighthouse can be found at
 
The Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. is an IRC section 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit, charitable foundation, incorporated on December 26, 1989. The mission is to spearhead the preservation of the Lorain Lighthouse and to maintain the history and integrity of Lorain’s waterfront.
 
Financial and other support is always welcome and appreciated. We are having a “Brunch for the Beacon” Fundraiser for the Lorain Lighthouse, Sunday March 16, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. cost is $18.00 at Jackalope Lakeside, a grand buffet will be provided. For tickets and information contact Frank at (440)960-2301.
 

2014 ACTIVITY & NEWS 

  • Our website will be improved with enhanced reporting to you, our Friends of the Lighthouse.

  • 2014 Tours to Our Lighthouse are currently being planned. Please continue to check back to our website for further updates, dates & times.

  • We invite you to become a member and Friend of the Lighthouse.  Become a member by signing up on the Friends of the Lighhouse page.

  • The Lighthouse will be undergoing major restoration in early 2014.  Approximately $200,000 is now available to us for restoration which includes new windows, painting, interior restoration, lens display, etc. 

  • We have now aquired the ORIGINAL Lorain Lighthouse 4th Order Fresnel lens from the U.S. Coast Guard.  The lens will be on display by March 2014.  Please continue to check back for more details.

    • One of our long time supporters and former Trustee of the Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. has crafted a large museum quality display case to accommodate the lens.

    • Salvaged wood from the Lorain Lighthouse was used in the construction of Our lens case. 

THANK YOU DAVE FOR YOUR MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR LIGHTHOUSE CAMPAIGN!!

  • Our "Wish List" will be added to Our website soon!  We will need your financial contributions as well as  various materials, supplies and memorabilia to continue our success  and Lighthouse accomplishments!

  • Our museum and gift shop will be expanded!  Your assistance in planning an Arts and Crafts event will help!

  • Our Lighthouse Campaign for financial support will continue.  Any and all contributions are extremely helpful to our future!

  • Our Lorain Lighthouse is owned and operated by the Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc. which is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio.

  • Created in 1989, we are extremely proud of our accomplishments!  We have never had a compensated employee of the Foundation.  We fulfill our Not-For-Profit mission by utilizing donated material and labor provided by our volunteers.  We are truly a Non-Profit Organization and we need your continued help and assistance!     

 The Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc.  is now on Facebook! 

Please click on the Facebook image below to sign up or log on if you are already a member of the Facebook Community. 

Once you are successfully logged on, please locate us with a key phrase search of: 

"Lorain Lighthouse - "Jewel of the Port®"

Please click here for instructions to join Facebook and to find a link to our Lorain Lighthouse Facebook page!

 


    Thank you and have an enjoyable Lighthouse day!