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Wind Point Lighthouse, Racine County, Wisconsin
Wind Point Lighthouse
Wind Point Lighthouse, which is made of brick and has an inner and outer wall, has a diameter of twenty-two feet at its base and twelve feet eight inches at its lantern. The tower is 110 feet three inches tall from its base to the ventilator ball atop its lantern room and stands on a ten-foot-deep stone foundation.
The tower has two architectural traits that are common to many of the Great Lakes’ tall towers: masonry gallery support corbels and arch-topped windows. A 144-step spiral cast-iron staircase with five landings weaves its way up the inside of the tower to the watch room and lantern room, which are both surrounded by galleries.
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A third-order Fresnel lens made by Barbier & Fenestre in Paris, France, was initially installed in the ten-sided lantern chamber. This lens, which is presently on display at the lighthouse, is made up of twelve flash panels that rotate once every six minutes to produce a six-second flash every thirty seconds.
The lens was suspended in a drop tube between the inner and outer walls of the tower and rotated by a clockwork mechanism powered by a weight suspended in the drop tube.
It has all the markings of a picture-postcard lighthouse – pure white paintwork and symmetrical arched windows, encircled by a vibrant flower garden at its foot – thanks to a comprehensive restoration completed in 2007. The town hall, which also serves as the local police headquarters, was built on the site of the old lighthouse keeper’s residence. There is a modest museum with relics on show, including the original 19th-century beacon lens.
On Christmas, the Wind Point Lighthouse is decked out in festive lights, and for national holidays, it’s draped in the Stars and Stripes. After dark, it creates a romantic scene. The lighthouse is located next to Shoop Park Golf Course, allowing avid golfers to enjoy a bit of maritime history with a relaxing nine-hole play.
Wind Point Lighthouse can be found in Wind Point village, 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of Milwaukee on the northern edge of Racine Bay. Access to the lighthouse grounds is through the entrance of the adjacent Shoop Park Golf Course. It’s only open for guided tours a few days each year during the summer.
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We started off not knowing what we wanted, but knew we needed a new kitchen and flooring for most of our first floor, which was overwhelming to us. We worked with Liz to help us design what we wanted. She was fabulous and patient with us. Timelines were met and the crew who worked with us ended up feeling like part of the family. When faced with some pretty big “snags,” which were of no fault of Waldron Construction, Joe was professional, pushed to make things right, and kept his word; The team went above and beyond and did excellent work.
Such a great team of professionals. We had our kitchen remodeled and Waldron Construction was very helpful and thorough. A little future advice for anyone considering a major remodel is to expect delays and the need to make changes due to supply availability or unforeseen issues. Joe Waldron treats you with great respect and is very driven to make sure you are very satisfied and happy with your remodel. Some may feel the expense is too high…but you do get what you pay for. Thank you for a very beautiful kitchen, Nancy and Gary
We just completed our dream kitchen remodel with Waldron Construction. We are extremely pleased with the results. Angie helped us through the design and was always a text/phone call away. The trades were excellent and were great to work with. Of course there were hiccups in the process but nothing that couldn’t be worked out. Having the schedule in front of us daily through builder trend was great too. Joe was very responsive whenever we had questions or concerns. We would recommend Waldron for your next home improvement project..