Restoring the Buffalo Lighthouse was a joint effort by Congressman Brian Higgins, members of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association, and leaders from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.
Many believe it is a huge step in revitalize the canalside. The restoration project was started in April.
The money was set aside for the project by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.
A Williamsville company, International Chimney Corporation, has been conducting masonry repairs to the structure and completing stonework on the outside as well as the inside of the building. All the repairs were completed in a record two months.
The 178 year old building was condemned by the City of Buffalo back in 1987. Some restoration was also completed then.
In 2008, Congressman Higgins secured $6.1 million in federal funding to provide public access to the U.S. Coast Guard property around the historic lighthouse. Phase I is now underway and expected to be completed by this fall with the goal of full public access to the lighthouse and the waterfront property leading up to the site to coincide with the October National Preservation Conference in Buffalo.