Built in 1874 through the success of a local petition as well as a funding from President Ulysses S. Grant, the Block Island Southeast Lighthouse is one of the most notable constructions in Rhode Island today. It was constructed at the southeast end of Block Island, with another lighthouse standing at the other side.
The Block Island Southeast Lighthouse initially used Fresnel lens, but was replaced later on as they used mercury. The building was intended to be an architectural showcase so the designer made it in Gothic style.
Due to the bluff erosion that the site is continuously suffering from, the Block Island Southeast Lighthouse had to be moved 71 feet away from its initial spot to save the building.
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