Group hopes to restore a piece of Hamilton history few people even know about

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On Tuesday, Coun. Chad Collins (Ward 5, Centennial) will do his bit to try to make the restoration happen.

Collins will urge city council's planning committee to contribute $25,000 to the assessment. The money would come from a reserve earmarked for the beach strip, Collins said, so it won't impact taxes.

For years, the lighthouse has been "a bit of an orphan," Collins said.



"It's hidden and tucked away in an area where, unless you're using the lift bridge or the trail system on a regular basis, most people probably don't even know is there."


The lighthouse stonework has held up well over the last 161 years. (Beach Canal Lighthouse Group)
The 17-metre (55-foot) stone tower dates back to 1858. A lighthouse existed there in the 1830s, Patch said. In the 1850s, though, the old wooden lighthouse burned down, and John Brown of Thorold built the stone one.

The 1.5-storey lighthouse keeper cottage, which is also part of the plan, was built in 1857. The lighthouse was built in 1858. Both were operational until 1961, Patch said. But for more than 50 years, both have sat vacant.
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The restoration is finally under way. Pictures from the last couple of week showing the structure being enclosed to have the mortar upgraded.
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The pointing project is under way and a lot of the old mortar has been remove, the picture shows a lower section of the lighthouse.
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The inside also looks like there is some mortar missing;
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And just to show how thick the lighthouse at the bottom, this is the entrance way, must be at least five feet thick.
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