Chris J LeBlanc Photography - Lighthouses
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Alki Point Lighthouse
© 2012 - Chris J LeBlanc Photographer
Location: Located on the Alki Peninsula across Elliott Bay from downtown Seattle.
Latitude: N 47.57629
Longitude: W 122.42056
Year Constructed: 1913. Active
Tower Height: 37 feet Focal Plane: 39 feet
Octagonal brick tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story brick fog signal building. Tower painted white with gray trim, lantern and gallery gray, lantern roof red.
- Station Established: 1887
- Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1913
- Foundation Materials: CONCRETE
- Construction Materials: MASONRY
- Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL ATTACHED TO SIGNAL BLDG
- Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/RED & BLACK TRIM
- Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL 1913
Alki Point marks the southern entrance to Seattle's Elliott Bay. A 320-acre parcel of land including the point was sold to Hans Martin Hanson and his brother-in-law Knud Olson in 1868. At night, they reportedly would light a lamp on the point as a service to mariners. In 1887, the Lighthouse Service finally recognized the need for an official light and placed a lens-lantern atop a wooden post at the point.
Several years later, the Lighthouse Service decided to upgrade the light and add a fog signal at the point. The present concrete fog signal building with attached, 37-foot octagonal tower was completed in 1913.
The original 4th order Fresnel lens is on display at Admiralty Head Light; another 4th order lens, from the Sentinal Island Light in Alaska, is displayed in the base of the tower.
After automation, one of the two keepers' dwellings was remodeled to house the Commandant of the 13th Coast Guard District, while the second dwelling housed a resident keeper. The Commandant has since moved elsewhere, and the two dwellings are now home to senior Coast Guard officers.
Alki Point Lighthouse Links
Historic Postcard of the Alki Point Lighthouse