New Canal Light
11 x 14 Unframed Print
= $ 25.00
1838 - 1855 - 1890 - 1901; Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, Louisiana
This lighthouse is located on Lakeshore Boulevard on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. It was built in 1901 approximately one quarter mile offshore on pilings in the lake. It now stands on dry land because of landfill projects in the 1930's.
The original brick structure was built in 1838 and rebuilt in 1855. The lighthouse's name comes from a failed attempt in the 1830's to dig a canal from Lake Pontchartrain to downtown New Orleans. The canal was never completed.
The lighthouse was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places on December 30, 1985. It was occupied by the U.S. Coast Guard from the 1960's to 2001 at which time the Guard built a new facility of similar color and some architectural resemblance approximately one quarter mile away.
Although the building is no longer occupied, the light is still functional. Modern optics have replaced a fifth-order fresnel lens in providing light.
*Original includes mounting with triple matting under clear glass in a neutral frame.