|Chapel Hill Rear Range, NJ|
Description: Richard Carlow Jr. was responsible for building several structures used in range lights to help guide vessels into New York Harbor. These structures were described as “three hexagonal towers, three keepers’ dwellings with light turret in the center, and three separate keepers’ dwellings, all of wood, upon foundations of brick laid in cement." One of these dwellings with a central light turret was the Chapel Hill Rear Range Lighthouse. The other two similar edifices served as the Point Comfort Front Range in Keansburg, NJ, and the New Dorp Rear Range Lighthouse on Staten Island, NY.
The Chapel Hill Lighthouse served until 1957, when it was replaced by a beacon atop a steel tower positioned 200 feet north of the lighthouse. An auction for the obsolete lighthouse was held by the General Services Administration in 1959. Thomas Consorti, a Manhattan businessman, submitted the winning bid of $16,313. Consorti purchased the lighthouse as a Christmas present for his 20-year-old son Peter, an amateur astronomer, to use as an observatory. One must admit that the elevated walkway atop the lighthouse would be a good platform for stargazing.
The lighthouse has had several owners since it was sold into public hands, but it remains in excellent condition. Decorative railings have been placed atop the front porch and along the roof peak, and ornamental spindles grace the four corners of the tower’s roof. The lighthouse has had an addition placed on its eastern end, as the brick chimneys marked the ends of the original lighthouse.
Located about 1.5 miles south of the Conover
Beacon. The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/dwelling/tower closed.
The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/dwelling/tower closed.
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