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CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT — Exterior renovations continue as weather permits this winter at North Head Lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park.
The lighthouse, which has been fenced off from public access, was completed in 1898. Although it has been partially repaired in the past, extreme conditions on North Head resulted in damage to the lighthouse’s sandstone base, its stucco surface, and metal elements both outside and inside the iconic structure.
The Washington Legislature appropriated $1.3 million for the structure in the state’s 2015-17 Capital Budget. State Parks spokesperson Virginia Painter said at the time that the agency planned to ask for more money this year. The lighthouse is owned by State Parks — unlike the older nearby Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, which is still owned by the federal government and only minimally maintained.
Current state funds for North Head are being used for stone masonry repair and replacement at the base of the lighthouse tower as well as throughout the lighthouse and other rooms. Other current work includes stucco repair and replacement on the exterior of the lighthouse; new coatings for the stucco; associated brick masonry repairs; re-introduction of wood windows in the lighthouse tower, at the stairs ascending the tower and at the watch room level; revised electrical system design so that it is more compatible with the historic nature of the structure; replication of original fence that used to surround the lighthouse; and replication of original doors and windows at the nearby oil houses, and other items.