Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light

The Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light, on Lake Erie, located near the end of the west breakwater at the mouth of the Grand River was built in 1925, replacing the Grand River (Fairport Harbor) Light, which still stands and is now a marine museum.[2][3]

Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light
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Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light at the entrance to the Grand River on Lake Erie
LocationFairport Harbor, Ohio
Coordinates41°46′4.30″N 81°16′52.25″W / 41.7678611°N 81.2811806°W / 41.7678611; -81.2811806Coordinates: 41°46′4.30″N 81°16′52.25″W / 41.7678611°N 81.2811806°W / 41.7678611; -81.2811806
Constructed1925 Edit this on Wikidata
FoundationConcrete Pierhead
ConstructionBrick in Steel Frame
Height42 feet (13 m)
HeritageNational Register of Historic Places listed place Edit this on Wikidata
First lit1925
Focal height17 m (56 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
LensFourth Order
Range13 nmi (24 km; 15 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicWhite Light - (3 seconds on, 3 seconds off)
Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light
Arealess than one acre
Built1920 (1920)
Architectural styleLight station
MPSLight Stations of Ohio MPS
NRHP reference No.92000242[1]
Added to NRHPApril 10, 1992

The light is automated and closed to the public. However, it is possible to walk out along the breakwater to view the structure and grounds. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]

In 2006, an effort began by a group of community activists to take ownership of the lighthouse with the goal of preserving the facility for future generations.[4] The United States Coast Guard will continue to maintain the light and foghorn as a navigational aid.

In September 2009, the United States General Services Administration put the lighthouse up for public auction via an online auction.[5] After two more auctions, a bidder secured the lighthouse in August 2011[6] for $71,010[7] and as of August 2012 is converting it into a summer residence.[8][9]



  • "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Ohio". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Amateur Radio Light House Society, Fairport Harbor West Breakwater (Lake Erie) Light #ARLHS USA-280.
  3. ^ Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, World List of Lights (WLOL).
  4. ^ Baker, Brandon C. (2006-04-29). "Group Aims to Save FH Structure". The News-Herald.
  5. ^ Frischkorn, Jeffrey L. (2009-10-06). "Lighthouse Attracts 3 Bidders". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  6. ^ Frischkorn, Jeffrey L. (2011-08-06). "Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse Sold to Next Highest Bidder". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  7. ^ Henry Hanks; Katie Hawkins-Gaar (2014-08-07). "Lighthouse facts: 10 things you may not know". CNN Travel. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  8. ^ Frischkorn, Jeffrey L. (2011-11-30). "Sheila Consaul Ready to Turn Fairport Lighthouse into a Summer Home". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  9. ^ Frischkorn, Jeffrey L. (2012-08-10). "Owner of Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse Gets to Work Fixing Up Her New Summer Home". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2012-08-10.

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