Lighthouses demonstrate the creativity and ingenuity of
the people who built them. The architects and builders
of lighthouses used proven techniques as well as developed
new ones in an effort to provide better navigational aids.
The ability to place lighthouses on small islands of rock
amid the crashing waves of the open sea or reaching hundreds
of feet toward the sky from a sandy shore is the result
the cumulative and ever-advancing field of architecture.
Although Lighthouses have been built with a variety of
materials, such as wood, stone, concrete and iron in a
variety of different styles, such as piles, caisson, and
various tower types, they all have had a basic structural
purposes in common: to place powerful lights atop uniquely
marked structures in a favorable position for alerting
ships of nearby hazards and guiding them along our coasts