“That sucker is red,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “I expect it to be bright and beautiful for a long time.”
Maintenance crews have put the finishing touches on a painting and preservation project that brought a bright red coat of paint to the lighthouse, ending a summer-long project.
More than $400,000 has been raised by the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy to help preserve the 108-year-old iconic structures. Campaign efforts so far have included brick and T-shirt sales, fun runs, and streetlight post banners.
The painting project is the first major work since the city took ownership of the lighthouses from the federal government in 2010.
Contractors covered the old lighthouse in a shroud, sandblasted the old paint off, made several structural improvements and finally painted it.
“It’s never been completely blasted, primed and painted since it’s been put up,” McGinnis said.
Painters are now moving their scaffolding, paint and other equipment several hundred feet west to the entrance lighthouse.
“The entrance light will be covered up next and painted,” McGinnis said.
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