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Haven’t you always wanted to own a lighthouse?

Here’s a somewhat passive-aggressive press release from the Coast Guard about the Isle La Motte and Split Rock Tank-House Towers on Lake Champlain.  If you have thoughts on how these might be preserved or especially if you’re an NPO and interested in owning the Split Rock tower, there’s contact info at the bottom.

I’ve been to the Isle La Motte site.  It’s a quiet, winsome spot with incredible integrity of feeling.  If there’s a place to understand the history of navigation on Lake Champlain, this is it.  The tank-house tower is to the lighthouse behind it as a steel truss bridge is to a covered bridge- not as picturesque, maybe failing to capture the imagination of non-engineering nerds, but every bit as important to the story of transportation in Vermont.


Isle La Motte Tank-House Tower
Public Notice: Coast Guard Assessing
Plans for Lake Champlain Tank-House Towers
At Split Rock, NY, and Isle La Motte, VT

Boston – The Coast Guard is working with private property owners in Vermont
and New York to keep two Coast Guard-owned ‘tank-house’ aids to navigation
towers in place for historical preservation.

The towers, constructed of latticed angle-iron, are located at Split Rock, N.Y.,
and Isle La Motte, Vt., adjacent to privately-owned lighthouses.

In order to meet operational needs, Coast Guard operators are considering the
demolition or removal of these towers from federal property for the following
reasons: read more »