Saturday, January 19, 2008

No Longer a lighthouse

This used to be a lighthouse but was made into a restaurant. This is
up at St. John Marsh, north a little from Detroit.

10 comments:

Gail's Man said...

The top photo looks like a storm is brewing. I'm a bit fed up with the rain clouds at the moment, as we are having too much rain.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

We're having sunshine today. And yesterday too.Hope you get some sun too! :-D

Ann (MobayDP) said...

There's just something majestice and beautiful about lighthouses.

How's the food at that restaurant?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Unfortunately, I have never eaten there. :-(

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I do love lighthouses, current and old.

Jim said...

both pictures are neat. I would love to be able to go up in the top of it.

Anonymous said...

Extraordinary! I've only seen lighhouses on ocean egdes! It's even nestled between homes...

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

It's on Anchor Bay which is part of Lake St. Clair. The Great Lakes are sort of like Oceans. We have LOTS of lighthouses here.

I'd like to go up in it too--I haven't yet.

sistrurus said...

Sorry, but it's not a lighthouse. It is historic, though, as a sort of marketing tool. From its historical marker:

Colony Tower

Built in 1825 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, this steel-framed water tower was the main water supplier for the "The Colony on the Ste. Claire"; - a secluded residential community established in Clay Township in the early 1920s. The Colony Tower marked the entrance to the Will St. John estate, the home of the real estate developer who founded The Colony subdivision. The 136-foot tower once housed a 60,000-gallon water tank. Constructed with curtain walls and steel plates to resemble a lighthouse, it demonstrates the early twentieth-century penchant for disguising the utilitarian functions of highly visible structures. A light shone from atop the tower, aiding boat and aircraft navigation from 1925 until 1937, when the light was extinguished due to its high operating costs.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks for the info. I'm new in Michigan and was told it used to be a lighthouse, which I thought was strange due to the funny top and no light. The blurb does say it had a light to aid boats and navigation, so it sounds like a sort of lighthouse.

I'm always glad to have the right info--thanks! :-D