Keeper’s House Restoration
Our long term goal is for the complete restoration of Wood Island Lighthouse, so that current and future generations may enjoy the beauty of the location and the history of its past. Restoration of the interior of the Keeper’s House will be the most expensive part of the restoration process.Years of vacancy, weathering, vandalism and neglect have taken a toll on the Keeper’s house.
When FOWIL begain its stewardship of the lighthouse, painting and repair projects were periodically held to prevent the further deterioration of the house.
Summer 2011, witnessed the largest FOWIL restoration effort to date as the exterior of the Keeper’s house was restored. This $200,000 project restored the exterior of the Keeper’s house back to it’s 1906 design. Jim Leslie and his team performed the restoration work. This included removing the enclosed porch and rebuilding the porch to the open air design of 1906. Foundation work, weatherizing, replacing the chimneys from the roof line up, and replacement of some of the windows took place. New less obtrusive security screens replaced the outdated cages that previously enclosed the windows. Savings gained by FOWIL volunteers who helped handle removing construction debris from the island by way of Lightrunner, also allowed the roof of the connector to the lighthouse to be replaced at the same time. This large and successful project is a significant step forward in FOWIL’s goal of completely restoring the lighthouse. Photos of the restoration project may be viewed in the media section of this website.
In 2012, almost two dozen volunteers spent a day working on the interior of the Keeper’s house removing wall and ceiling covers that were post 1906. The efforts allowed FOWIL and our architects to find the condition of the 1906 or earlier structures, and began the design process for the interior restoration.
In 2013-2014, FOWIL continues with fundraising efforts to continue with the restoration of the windows as well as restoration of many interior doors for the eventual restoration of the entire interior. We work closely with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the Coast Guard. The American Lighthouse Foundation leases the lighthouse from the Coast Guard and the Friends of Wood Island, as a chapter of ALF, raises the money and does the work. The Coast Guard maintains the light and the fog horn.