Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Have you ever wondered how people a hundred years from now will know how we lived? Preserving historical structures, such as the Cape Florida Lighthouse, is one way to connect the past with the present.
In 1996, the Lighthouse was restored to its 1855 appearance. Several of the 1855 components and the 1960s-era steel replica of the lantern room were removed from the Lighthouse and placed on display here. They were replaced with cast iron reproductions built according to the original plans.
In 1854, Lt. George G. Meade of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was asked to design an extension to the Lighthouse. The extension of nearly 30 feet was completed in 1855.
The touchable drawing at right shows where each of the large pieces you see before you would have fit in the Lighthouse.
A Internal Lighthouse Stairs
These are just five of the original 110 stairs that led from the base of the tower to the watch room.
B Stairs to the Lantern Room
Climbing these steep stairs, the keeper made his way from the tower into the lantern room.
C Lower Lip of Roof Cone
Notice how much
D Lantern Room (Replica)
This steel replica was installed in the late 1960s, when the new park renovated the Lighthouse for the first time in almost 100 years.
E Bracket Beams
Bracket beans help support the heavy iron lantern and watch rooms that sit atop the brick tower.
F Spider Column
This large piece of cast iron helped support the stairs, lantern and watch rooms.
The highest feature of the Lighthouse provides a decorative finish. It allowed exhaust to escape through the vents from the lantern.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Communications • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1996.
Location. 25° 40.022′ N, 80° 9.421′ W. Marker is in 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. Road to Restoration (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 The Archaeology of Key Biscayne (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bahama Dinghy (about 300 feet away); Key Biscayne, The Barrier Island (about 300 feet away); Escaping to Freedom in the Bahamas (about 300 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 118 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 2, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.