The County is in the process of engaging a firm to design and plan the process. The new roof will hopefully be installed in 2017. The County also plans to replace the windows and doors and repair the masonry so as to complete the exterior renovation. The lantern, which we have already restored, will be reinstalled atop the lighthouse when the new roof is completed. Until then, the lantern will remain at the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard on Bay Street in Sag Harbor.
Since Suffolk County is focused on the restoration of the exterior of the Lighthouse, we are focusing on the interior which was totally destroyed by a fire in 1974. We will shortly be selecting an architect to design the interior which will essentially replicate the original layout. We will be applying for a grant from New York State to fund the planning.
On the fundraising front, we will shortly be sending a communication requesting donations to every resident in the Sag Harbor zip code. If that is successful, we will mail to all the residents in East Hampton.
We are also applying for a New York State Historic Preservation Grant to fund the cost of preparing architectural and construction plans for the interior of the lighthouse. The rehabilitated interior will contain a living room, kitchen and keeper’s quarters on the first floor . The second floor will contain two bedrooms plus a museum room.