MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A 127-year-old lighthouse in Mobile Bay is looking brighter after major restoration work that began two years ago.
The Press-Register reports (http://bit.ly/Pm2c0p ) the Alabama Historical Commission was impressed with progress on the Middle Bay Lighthouse after the group's architect performed an inspection last month. Originally built in 1885, the lighthouse was mothballed 45 years ago. Preservationists launched a $270,000 restoration project in 2010.
The work has included structural repairs, replacing deteriorating windows and giving the entire exterior a new paint job for better protection against rot.
Bill Lees, president of the Alabama Lighthouse Association, says there's still a little work to be done. The lighthouse's wrought-iron handrails need replacing, which is expected to cost about $30,000.