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#31036 - 02/17/99 07:59 PM Tragedy in cape Elizabeth
Bill Harnsberger Offline

Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 1082
Loc: Portland, Maine USA
Got a glimpse on the local (Portland, ME) news last night of the "renovation" of the house at Cape Elizabeth Light (AKA Two Lights).

Destruction is more like it.

Virtually the entire house has been razed. Only one side remains. If you hold your HL piece so that the tower is on the right side, the exterior facing you is all that remains. My God, it looks terrible.

This is a classic example of why lighthouse preservation is so important. I'm utterly amazed that the Cape Elizabeth political muckety mucks weren't more proactive in preserving this important piece of maritime history. They let it be destroyed. Shame.

I'm going to drive to Cape Elizabeth this weekend and get some photos of the destruction. John, I'll pass them on to you in case you'd like to post them here.

#31037 - 02/18/99 01:32 AM Re: Tragedy in cape Elizabeth
Webmaster Offline

Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 13047
Loc: Arizona
I'll be lookin' for those Bill. Sounds bad.

#31038 - 02/18/99 06:27 AM Re: Tragedy in cape Elizabeth
Art Offline

Registered: 12/04/98
Posts: 1591
Ugh! Not only is history savaged, but a fine piece of Victorian architecture gone as well!


The ugly side of property rights.

Bill, maybe we can use your photos to advantage somehow. Cape Elizabeth Light: Poster Child for your favorite preservation society.

#31039 - 02/18/99 06:32 AM Re: Tragedy in cape Elizabeth
Dave H Online

Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 7844
Loc: Kokomo, IN
Lighthouse Digest has covered the impending butchering of the Cape Elizabeth keeper's quarters in past months.


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#31040 - 02/18/99 03:02 PM Re: Tragedy in cape Elizabeth
Bob M Offline

Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 12331
Loc: North Attleboro, Mass.
I was at Cape Elizabeth on Monday (2/15). I took a few distant pictures of the Keeper's House and the light itself. At first I thought they might have had a fire because a section of the roof appeared to be off. I'll pick up the pictures from the processor tonight. If anyone is interested in seeing what it looks like, email me at to be put on the list. Those of you already on my lighthouse picture list will get them automatically. It seems the area is slowly being sacrificed to private concerns who wish to keep the general public away.

That's the word from the East Coast where it's 40 degrees and raining.


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