A lecture in Rye on Saturday will point to lighthouses as a lesson in how to rebuild along a changing shoreline.
“Beacons of Sustainability: Lighthouses of the Eastern Seaboard” is the title of the 4 p.m. event at the historic Meeting House on Milton Road. The speakers are preservation architects Walter Sedovic and Jill Gotthelf, whose firm in Irvington has worked on the restoration of 17 historic lighthouses.
“They provide a very solid working model of the best of the building arts, traditionally and now,” Sedovic said. “Plus, they’re beautiful.”
A lighthouse board, established in 1858, determined the strength and height of each light for navigation purposes, he said. But the shaft and keeper’s quarters were left to a local engineer working for the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The engineers borrowed local styles and materials – brick, stone, cast iron, and in one case, the keel boards of ships wrecked at the site, Sedovic said.
This is the first in a lecture series, “After the Storm: Toward a More Resilient Shoreline,” supported by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Co-sponsors are the Long Island Sound Study, Save the Sound and the Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Long Island Sound Study is also involved in another event this month, the 2013 Long Island Sound Citizens Summit on climate change, at Iona College April 26. The theme is Superstorm Sandy and the New Normal.
(Photo: Kingsland Point Lighthouse, Seth Harrison/The Journal News)