Near Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Road to Restoration
Road to Restoration
Years of weather and wear left the Lighthouse in need of tender love and care.
The road to restoration for the Cape Florida Lighthouse was long, but exciting. First, craftsmen laid approximately 23,000 bricks to repair the tower. The bricks were custom made in Tennessee to match the originals. Next, the lantern room, watch room, stairs, spider column and other metal work were reproduced in cast iron. Finally, the Lighthouse was whitewashed, just as it had been in 1855. The newly restored Lighthouse celebrated its re-opening in 1996 - the same year that Miami celebrated its 100th birthday.
1825 Lighthouse built. Brick tower, 65 feet tall with wooden stairs.
1846-1847 Lighthouse rebuilt with cast iron stairs.
1855 Lighthouse tower raised from 65 feet to 95 feet. Cast iron stairs extended. Second Order Fresnel Lens installed.
1866 Lighthouse repaired
1966 Lighthouse purchased by the State of Florida.
1968-1970 Lighthouse renovated.
1996 Lighthouse restored to 1855 specifications.
The entire lighthouse was restored to its 1855 standards during the 1966 renovation.
A specialized team of English and American brick masons used small hammers, chisels and air-guns to remove damaged bricks during the restoration.
Feel the surface on this section of damaged brick. When you walk down to the lighthouse, feel the new bricks. See what a difference restoration makes!
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Communications • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
Location. 25° 40.026′ N, 80° 9.422′ W. Marker is near Key Biscayne, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from Cape Florida Park Boulevard when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Key Biscayne FL 33149, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Restoration Hardware (here, next to this marker); Dade Heritage Trust’s Cape Florida Lighthouse Brick Program (a few steps from this marker); Cause for Conservation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Archaeology of Key Biscayne (about 300 feet away, measured Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage (about 300 feet away); The Bahama Dinghy (about 300 feet away); Key Biscayne, The Barrier Island (about 300 feet away); Escaping to Freedom in the Bahamas (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key Biscayne.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.