Cape Canaveral Lighthouse #2 with Keeper's Cottage . Florida . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
... after my visit and subsequent watercolor painting in 2017, a new, replica Keeper's House has been erected by the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, along side the existing light, the second light tower to be built on this site... a 151-foot tall, brick lined, iron plate tower... erected in 1848. Shortly after construction, this old tower was moved inland, to escape the approach of higher tides. A winding exterior staircase leads to an elevated entrance, located 30-feet above grade, to avoid any storm surge flooding... inside the 3 story, stacked residence within the tower's core. Eventually a keeper's house and auxiliary buildings were built adjacent, as life inside the iron encased rooms was unbearable in the summer. All of those ancillary buildings were removed in the 1960's. This new, ADA accessible, cottage and out buildings, were constructed 2019, and are designated as a museum and education center.