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PUERTO PLATA LIGHTHOUSE

PUERTO PLATA LIGHTHOUSE
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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BACKGROUND

Built in 1879 by R. Deeley & Co., a New York firm, the Puerto Plata Lighthouse once served as a beacon for ships traversing the Atlantic. First lit on September 9, 1879, the cast iron lighthouse functioned through a system of revolving light and shadows given off by a kerosene lamp. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

With funding from American Express, WMF aided the Cultural Heritage Office of Puerto Plata to preserve the lighthouse. Metaldom, a local metalwork firm, used plans from the 1870s as their guide through the restoration process. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The structure stands out among other iron beacons in its monumental size: at 24.38 meters high, on a 6.20 meter base, the lighthouse rises 41.75 meters above sea level. It is also different from a majority of lighthouses constructed in the area because of its original, innovative use of kerosene for illumination. Until the 1960s, it guided ships through their Atlantic Ocean navigations. (...)