Report for Fairport (Ohio) - 1909

District: 10th
Inspector: Chas. Bartlett, Chief Clerk & Norris Works, Supt.
Location: On bluff, at Fairport, E'ly side of mouth of Grand River, S'ly shore of Lake Erie
Date of Report: 02/03/1909
Latitude: 41° 45' 28"
Longitude: 81° 16' 40"
Site: Purchased, 1824
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 3.55 acres
Area Inclosed: 1.91 acres
Character of Soil: On clay bluff, stiff clay below loamy clay.
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark:
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: Picket fence on S (front) side, balance board fence
Wharf or Landing on Premises: None - landing at piers at harbor entrance.
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: About 1/4 mile to inner end of E pier.
Means to Reach Light Station: To Painesville, Ohio, by L.S. & M.S. RR, or by electric car, thence by Electric car to Fairport Harbor.
Distance to Nearest Road: Electric car passes the dwelling
Distance to Post Office: 1 block, Fairport Harbor, OH
Distance to Village: In village of Fairport, OH
Facilities for Public Conveyance: By electric car from Painesville, OH.
Facilities for Private Conveyance: By electric car from Painesville, OH
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1823
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1871
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Circular
Form of Tower: Conical
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 67' 11"
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 102' 3"
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Located on a bluff. Scattered houses & open country behind.
Color of Tower: Gray, discolored
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Natural color of stone
Tower Connection: Connected by passageway, 18' long
Object of Navigation: Lake coast & harbor light
Building Materials: Sandstone & brick
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 6' inclusive of air space.
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 2' 8" parapet proper 1' 6"
Diameter at Base: 19' 9" - inside diameter 8'
Diameter at Parapet: 13' 4" - inside diameter 8'
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron spiral, old open pattern, without checkering
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 10" x 17" & 10" x 16"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 5 double sash, in iron casings, 39" x 29" & 39.5" x 29"
Number of Doors: 1 below, double iron, 1 similar to balcony
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: Solid limestone foundation from 10' depth below ground surface to 4' above ground surface.
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Clay
Soil Susceptibility: Yes
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 3rd
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 8' 3"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 69.5"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8"
Size of Plates: 31.5" x 69.5"
Number of Storm Panes: 7 extra panes
Unglazed Side of Lantern: 3 = 108 degrees
What Bearings: S 69 degrees 20' W to N 2 degrees 40' W; Azimuth - 249 -20 to 357-20
Construction Material Lantern: Iron & brass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron frame, copper covering, zinc lining
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Copper
Description of Lightning Rod: Cast iron stairs form conductor to 1st floor. Base plate of stairs is enveloped with sheet copper, from which a copper cable passes horizontally 15' at 3' under ground surface, thence 12' down to moist ground.
Balustrade: Cast iron circular gallery, iron pickets of balustrade 6" apart.
Lantern Doors: Iron outside door in 2 leaves, fitted with brass hinges & bolts. Wooden inside door in 2 leaves. Door is thru the stone parapet below the glass.
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron, not checkered
Watchroom Doors: None (1 leading to gallery)
Parapet Diameter: 7' 6"
Location / Number: 5 copper ventilators in parapet, with brass revolving discs
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 iron, 8' long
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Brass hooks, screwed into lantern posts.
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Henry Le Paute a Paris
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 3rd
Inside Diameter: 3' 3 3/8"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white
Time of Revolution:
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Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 216 degrees visible btwn N 33 degrees 20' E to S 69 degrees 20' W; Azimuth 33-20 to 249-20; Standing at center of lens, left side of reflector in line for left side of unglazed portion of lantern.
Number of Panels: 3 - metal reflector in 2 wings = 144 degrees
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum:
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 11
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 4
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: None
Draft Tube Description: 2.5" sheet iron tube
Revolving Machinery:
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Lamp Description: 3rd order
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 2
Number of Spare Burners: 2
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 2
Diameter of Outside Wick: Inner 1 1/16"; outer 1 13/16"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 2 iron cupboards with shelves for cleaning implements
Oil House Description: Square iron oil house, in rear of dwelling, painted brown, fitted with iron shelves.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): Room formerly used as oil room, serves as storeroom
Suitability: Dry, suited.
Location: 1.5 story, connected with tower by passageway 18' long.
Coloring: Natural red brick
Construction Materials: Brick, on a rubble stone foundation, with frame kitchen attached.
Number of Rooms: 8, besides storeroom & large cellar.
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: Dwelling occupied by principal Keeper
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Barn, oil house, coal shed
Outhouse Coloring: Light green
Paths and Walks: Cement walk on front (S) side of lot, full length 231', & from SE corner of lot to E gate, about 45'. Also cement walk from front porch to sidewalk & from rear porch to sidewalk.
Area Inclosed: About 1.91 acres. Picket fence on front (S) side, board fence on other sides.
Area of Garden: 1.5 acres
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: 1.5 acres
Area Cultivated: 1.5 acres
Character of Surroundings: Clay, sandy loam below bluff.
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How Procured: "City Water", from Lake Erie
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible:
Purity Precaution: Cistern not used
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Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
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General Opinion: Healthful
Local Causes:
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Access to Lighthouse:
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Miscellaneous Remarks: Excavation for foundation was 14' deep; piles were driven w/ heads 1' above bottom of excavation, a grillage of 16" above piles; piles & grillage imbedded in concrete & concrete raised 4' above bottom of excavation.
Supplemental Reports
Correction to Fairport Station, Ohio
January 9, 1914
Lamp Desc: 3rd order type B single tank
Illuminant: oil vapor
Intensity English candles: 1000
Number of wicks: 1
Diameter of mantel: 55 mm
Number of spare lamps: 1