Have you always wanted a home with a seaside view? Perhaps your community or organization is interested in a place on a secluded beach, but haven’t been able to afford it. Maybe you’ve dreamed of one day being wealthy enough to buy your own island. Thanks to GSA’s National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (NHLPA) program, you have an opportunity to own or manage your very own guiding light.
Disposing of excess property is one of GSA’s top priorities and our nation’s lighthouses are no different. There are several ways we are looking to give opportunities to new stewards and owners of several historic lighthouses in an effort to save tax dollars while preserving the past.
As part of the NHLPA program, GSA is offering the chance to apply and become a steward at ten historic offshore lighthouses. Eligible public entities must complete an application which is reviewed by the architectural historians at the National Park Service (NPS).The NPS determines the most suitable applicant and the lights will be conveyed at no cost to the recommended state or local governments, non-profit corporations, historic preservation groups, or community development organizations.
If no steward can be found or deemed suitable for public stewardship, GSA conducts an online auction for the lights at www.realestatesales.gov. This summer there are six offshore lighthouses being auctioned – four in New England and two in the Great Lakes. Proceeds from the public sales go back to the USCG’s Aids to Navigation (ATON) Program for the continued preservation of light houses remaining in federal ownership.
Through these conveyances, the USCG saves millions of taxpayer dollars.
Since 2000 when the NHLPA was passed by Congress, inaugurating a new partnership among USCG, NPS and GSA, more than 100 lighthouses have been sold or conveyed with 68 transferred at no cost to new stewards and 36 sold by GSA auction to the public.
You can find the lighthouses across our nation that GSA has listed (some are currently unavailable) on our Pinterest Lighthouse board.
- How to Buy a Lighthouse [GSA.gov]
Historic Lighthouse Photo Gallery [GSA.gov]