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Old Point Loma Lighthouse

  • Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr
  • Vicinity: Cabrillo National Monument
  • Neighborhood of Point Loma in San Diego
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

Illuminating the Past

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. On March 23, 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse location closer to the water at the tip of the Point. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1854/04/00 US Lighthouse Board Developer Construction begins
1855/11/15 Light lit for the first time
1891/03/23 Keeper closes lighthouse and moves to the new one closer to the sea
1935/00/00 US National Park Service Architect National Park Service restores Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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Particulars for Old Point Loma Lighthouse:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Other Description Cape Cod
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance Local
Historic Use Single dwelling
Sight Category Structure
Area of Significance Transportation
Historic Use Water-related

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 27th June 1974

Registry Name: Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Registry Address: Included in Cabrillo National Monument
Registry Number: 74000350
Resource Type: Structure
Owner: Federal
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Cape Cod
Contributing Structures: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Monument
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Transportation, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899
Significant Year: 1854, 1855, 1891
Historic Function: Domestic, Transportation
Historic Sub-Function: Water-related, Single dwelling
Current Function: Vacant, not in use, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Park

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