Life After Lights-Out: Ten Adaptive Reuses for Lighthouses

They’re picturesque, they’re historic, they’re functional — they’re lighthouses. And in many places, thanks to changes in guidance technology like GPS units and sonar, they’re obsolete.

Often when a lighthouse is decommissioned, it gets put on the auction block in the hopes a private developer will turn it into… something. Some especially historic lighthouses end up in the hands of preservationists or non-profit foundations, hoping to restore the houses and keep the lights on, while others simply fall into ruin. But those need not be the only options. Here are ten “second careers” for lighthouses, from wildlife refuges to castles, columbariums and beyond!

Brief yourself on the afterlife of lighthouses, on Atlas Obscura…

Seriously, though.

Emily lost her chance at a swimming scholarship. Emily’s house got run over by a car. Now, Emily’s dad has a heart problem. Emily’s first girlfriend died. Emily got chased by a murderer at the lighthouse.

And some people still think Emily has it easy.


Fari italiani in affitto (Italian Lighthouses on Rent), Italy

With all the troubles everywhere in the world, better take shelter in some hidden place. All kidding aside, there are some Italian state property lighthouses, automated and, therefore, with the close keepers’ houses abandoned, for rent for 50 or 99 years.

Keep in mind that they are placed in enchanting locations, with crystal seas and, of course, very close to some Southern Italian town, where you can find a legendary hospitality and, cannot be forgotten, the best food in the world (objections to this undisputable claim will not be admitted…).

Ok, true, most of them need a total makeover, with the approval of Italian Fine Arts Dept. (with other expenses and loss of time), but, well, what’s a few hundreds thousands Euros for you, my wealthy friends?

  1. Faro di Punta Imperatore, Forìo d’Ischia, Campania
  2. Faro di Murro di Porco, Sicilia (Sicily)
  3. Faro di Capo d’Orso, Sardegna (Sardinia)
  4. Faro di Capel rosso, Isola del Giglio, Toscana (Lily Island, Tuscany)
  5. Faro di Punta Fenaio, Isola del Giglio, Toscana (Lily Island, Tuscany)
  6. Faro di San Domino, isole Tremiti, Puglia (Tremiti Islands, Apulia)
  7. Faro di Ustica, Sicilia (Ustica Island, Sicily)
  8. Faro di Brucoli, Sicilia (Sicily)

For more infos, take a look at the official Italian State Property Site.

anonymous asked:

This is just ridiculous! Every Larry thing is on their?? And the freaking sunset? Harry knew this pap walk was gonna happen and he chose to wear his? Even better than a IG like !!!!!! It's loud and clear to me tbh thank you harry, you always come through strong ❤️🙌🏻

I TRULY can’t believe this one. I truly cannot. Boats?? Birds?? Rope and anchor?? LIGHTHOUSE?? SUNSET??? Some sort of disgustingly heart-shaped nautical equipment, I don’t even know????? 


St Augustine Lighthouse - 

Originally built in 1824, the St Augustine Lighthouse in Florida has so many ghosts attached to it the owners have lost track of them all. The first known ghost is that of the original owner, Dr Alan Ballard. He wanted to sell the lighthouse to the government but after the Civil War Florida’s funds were low and the government offered him a much smaller amount than Dr Ballard was expecting. This threw him into a rage so the government threatened to just take the lighthouse from him. He vowed to never leave the lighthouse and some say that he kept his vow and his ghost has been seen around the property. 

Another ghost that is commonly witnessed around the lighthouse by staff several times a week is that of Peter Rasmussen. Peter was a lighthouse keeper who enjoyed his cigars and had a reputation for being very strict and meticulous. After he died the smell of his cigars could still be detected as though he were just wandering by smoking happily. Peter is not the only cigar smoking ghost. Another is the ghost of Joseph Andreu who was a keeper who died in the 1850′s when he fell from the lighthouse. Some say that his cigar smoke, footsteps and figure have all been witnessed on the tower stairs and that it is his ghost that was photographed sitting at the top of the lighthouse. 

The most well known ghosts of the St Augustine Lighthouse are the spirits of the 13 and 15 year old daughters of Hezekiah Pity. Pity was hired to renovate the lighthouse in the late 1800′s. One day in 1873, Eliza, 13, and Mary, 15, were playing in the grounds of the lighthouse. The two of them climbed into the cart used for carrying building materials from the bay to the lighthouse. The cart broke loose and both girls drowned when it rolled downhill into the bay. Today the two girls can be heard laughing in the tower at night. The eldest girl is spotted in person from time to time, wearing the same blue dress and hair bow she died in. 

There are many more ghosts that are said to haunt the grounds of St Augustine, including those of an entire crew of pirates.