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Contact: Katherine Cushinberry, 252-728-2250, ext. 3019
HARKERS ISLAND, NC –Cape Lookout Lighthouse has received a fresh new coat of paint. The exterior paint was at the end of its life cycle due to the harsh weather environment and followed by three recent hurricanes, Irene, Sandy and Arthur, which furthered caused the paint to fail exposing the brick to moisture and deterioration. After Hurricane Sandy, the park submitted and received the funds to repaint the lighthouse.
"The lighthouse looks amazing and visitors are going to really enjoy seeing the lighthouse," said Superintendent Pat Kenney. "We hope that everyone will come out and visit the park and see the great work that was accomplished to help preserve this iconic lighthouse."
Working closely with the National Park Service, Historic Preservation Center in Maryland, Amidon Contracting Solutions from Wake Forest, NC was selected as the project prime contractor. H.I.S. Painting from Titusville, FL was the sub-contractor who performed the painting work. H.I.S. Painting has extensive high elevation painting experience working with Cape Hatteras and NASA painting a variety of high tower structures. The painting crew was made-up of two painters and two ground tenders.
In preparing for the painting of the masonry portions of the tower, the National Park Service Preservation and Skills Training Program crew and staff for the Cape Lookout reconstructed and installed ten new windows and sashes which had become severely weathered. All the work was officially completed April 17. "We are very proud of the results of this project," said Superintendent Kenney.
The lighthouse will open to the public on May 12 for scheduled climbs. Additional details can be found at the park's website www.nps.gov/calo.