The Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse has been sold at auction, and the new owners are two Clevelanders who intend to preserve a historic part of Cleveland’s skyline.
When the auction closed on September 6, the lighthouse fetched $425,000 and the winning bidders were personalized luxury jewelry designer Heather Moore and Classic Auto Group owner Jim Brown.
“If you grew up in Cleveland, it served as a kind of ‘light of the land’ even during wars, depressions, recessions and boom times,” Moore said. Rebuilt website of the lighthouse, “When Jim Brown, owner of Classic Auto Group, and I heard it was being auctioned, it was important to both of us that someone from Cleveland buy it. so did we!”
The website states that the new owners are brainstorming how to best clean and utilize the lighthouse while ensuring respect and preservation of the historic property.
“It’s a part of our history,” Brown said, “every bit as much as the lake or the city. People worked there for decades, got married, showed it off as a tourist destination. It’s time to get things right. Want to vent. We don’t close until January, so that helps.”
The auction listing states that the lighthouse was built in 1910 at the entrance to Cleveland’s harbor and is accessible only by boat. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.
West Pierhead Lighthouse consists of a four-storey brick tower with an entrance hall, a cellar, a galley on the first floor, and living quarters on the second, third and fourth floors. Details from National Register, Above is a clock chamber with a circular gallery and a lantern above. The clock’s light was converted to electric in 1960 but still shines through a Fresnel lens made in Paris in 1884.
A covered walkway connects the tower to a 1.5-story steel-framed fog signal house built in 1916.
Moore creates luxury personalized jewelry that is sold nationwide, and Brown’s ownership group operates more than a dozen car dealerships around Northeast Ohio, selling a variety of new and used vehicles.
Check out our report from when the lighthouse went up for auction last month:
Cleveland lighthouse is up for auction
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