URI Carothers library exhibits 19th century lighthouse drawings

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KINGSTON, R.I. – May 7, 2009 – The Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons at the University of Rhode Island will display reproductions of 19th century architectural lighthouse drawings in the Library Gallery through May 29.

The exhibit, “Variations In Lighthouse Design,” features reproduced draft drawings of 19th century Rhode Island and Connecticut lighthouses. Some of the drawings display proposed plans that never materialized into lighthouses. A few drawings show lighthouses that have remained unseen by the public because of their isolated location, such as Whale Rock in Narragansett Bay.

A narrative discussing the geographical location, lens classification, and style of the lighthouse accompanies each of the 20 drawings. Some drawings were retrieved from U.S. Coast Guard archives.

The display’s sponsor, Breakwater Preservation Conservancy, is making all drawings available for purchase. The display was created and is being presented by URI undergraduate Andrew Bockstael of Wakefield.