East Brother Light Station
Across the northwest shores of Richmond, near historic Winehaven and the Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot sits National Register #71000138, the East Brother Light Station. Variously compared with “a Grandma Moses painting, a Victorian valentine, an Iowa-farm-on-an-island, and a transplanted Coast-of-Maine lighthouse” the beacon and its keeper’s house has long been owned by CPF award winner and Richmond city council-member, Tom Butt.
I had the privilege of having an exclusive look at the lighthouse and was treated to a special experience the day I was there; long-time volunteers at the light station fired up the generator equipment to provide compressed air for the historic fog-horn. The cord was pulled and the horn let out a loud belch.
The island does not have its own water supply, so an underground cistern, denoted by a large, white convex bulb in the middle of the island – along with a reserve water tower above the cistern (which I helped recently paint during a volunteer day) – provide all that is needed for guests. I say “guests” because the island serves as a Bed & Breakfast – a stellar example of how some architecture can be adaptively re-used while still serving its historic function (the station still operates under license from the U.S. Coast Guard).
The recent video posted by Jeff Foster serves as a nice counterpoise to the aerial video of Napa Earthquake damage we posted earlier. And if you’re ever able, I highly recommend a visit to East Brother!
Below is the quadcopter / drone footage of the station. Enjoy!