Rhode Island Lighthouses

A building type particular and special to the coastal areas, both around the United States and around the world, is the lighthouse. Built to aid in marine navigation and warn boats away from hazardous rock outcroppings, lighthouses have existed from the early days of mankind first discovering fire and going to sea. One of the lost ancient wonders of the world was the fabled lighthouse at Alexandria, which supposedly stood as tall of a forty story building for more than a thousand years. Here in Rhode Island, this great tradition of these nautical buildings constructed to protect boats and ship from navigational dangers is both celebrated and challenged at the same time. More