The following update on the restoration of Avery Point Lighthouse was provided by Jim Streeter, co-chair of the Avery Point Lighthouse Society…
Arrived at the lighthouse this morning a little after 10 A.M. Upon arrival there were two workers installing the stainless steel flashing around the cement foundation which will surround the new lantern room. The workers were from a company subcontracted by the Joseph Gnazzo Company which is the primary contractor for the restoration work.
I later went to the top of the lighthouse and took a few photos of the flashing. All of the joints were soldered and it appears they did an excellent job. They finished a little after 1:30 P.M.
There were three workers from Gnazzo present on site. The foreman, Al Todd, was overseeing the flashing work and taking measurement for the blocks to be installed over the flashing.
Another worker, Brian Villa, was removing debris and old electric fixtures and conduit from inside the lighthouse. After the worker who has installed the flashing departed, he assisted Al Todd in measuring and bring blocks to the top of the lighthouse for fit-up.
The third worker, Joe Barrieau, was a mason specialist who was specifically assigned to repair the balusters. I took many photos and video of him as he repaired four of the nine balusters. No doubt this individual is a professional. His work is superb!
All of the workers seem to be extremely involved and excited to be working on the project. I have attached a few photographs of some of the work performed today.