Point Fermin Lighthouse vs. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

To satiate my old house fix, my husband and I visited the Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro yesterday. As soon as I got there, I remarked how similar the lighthouse was to ours back home in New Jersey. So I researched them on my phone, and, sure enough, both the Point Fermin and Hereford Inlet Lighthouse (North Wildwood) were designed by the same draftsman, Paul J. Pelz. Hereford was built in 1873 and Point Fermin a year later. The wonderful tour guide confirmed that there were originally six such lighthouses designed by Pelz, but only three stand today. The third one is the East Brother Island Lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay.

All are remarkable examples of Swiss Carpenter Gothic, or some refer to them as Stick Style. I did notice that the interior of the San Pedro lighthouse was completely painted in white (walls, wainscoting, mantels), whereas the North Wildwood has more ornate mantels that were kept as original. Additionally, I noted that the Point Fermin Lighthouse hasn’t been used as a lighthouse since WWII, but, although there hasn’t been a keeper since 1961, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is still operating as an automated lighthouse. Both have lovely gardens and white picket fences right on the seacoast.

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