Photo, Print, Drawing Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Principal Keeper's Dwelling, Point of Cape Hatteras, access road from Route 12 (46379 Lighthouse Road), Buxton, Dare County, NC

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Title
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Principal Keeper's Dwelling, Point of Cape Hatteras, access road from Route 12 (46379 Lighthouse Road), Buxton, Dare County, NC
Contributor Names
Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Stetson, Dexter
U.S. Light-House Board
Lindstrom, Frederick J, field team
Buehner, Timothy A, field team
Collins, Judith E, field team
Forde, Thomas P, Jr, field team
Dolinsky, Paul, project manager
Lindstrom, F J, transmitter
Boucher, Jack E, photographer
Lavoie, Catherine C, historian
Berdecia, Hector J, delineator
Melendez, Ruben, field team
Doddington, L Naomi, field team
Schara, Mark, project manager
Historic Preservation Training Center, sponsor
Ortiz, Jarob J, photographer
Ortiz, Jarob J
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 1933
Subject Headings
-  keeper's houses
-  brick buildings
-  domestic life
-  navigation
-  restoration (process)
-  historic house museums
-  maritime
-  porches
-  brick chimneys
-  national parks & reserves
-  L-plan buildings
-  Civilian Conservation Corps
-  housing
-  light stations
-  North Carolina -- Dare County -- Buxton
Latitude / Longitude
35.251295,-75.529305
Notes
-  Significance: Following the completion of the new Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 1870, the construction of a dwelling for the lighthouse's third keeper was approved, making use of the surplus of 50,000 bricks at the site. Built of load-bearing brick masonry, with wood framing used for the floors, interior partitions, and roof, the Principal Keeper's Quarters was ready for occupancy in April 1871. L-shaped in plan, the quarters consisted of a one-and-one-half story main block, with two rooms on each floor flanking a central stair hall, and a one-story kitchen wing extending to the east. A brick cistern was constructed immediately north of the building in 1875. In 1927, a two-story wood-frame addition was constructed, consisting of a room on each floor. The addition filled in the northeast corner of the building, giving it an essentially rectangular footprint in plan. The last keeper to occupy the Principal Keeper's Quarters moved out in 1932. The building subsequently served as housing for a Civilian Conservation Corps company. Jurisdiction for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its associated structures was transferred from the United States Lighthouse Board to the National Park Service in 1936, with Cape Hatteras National Seashore designated by Congress the following year. A new entrance, with exterior stair, was installed at the building's interior stair landing level about 1940. Following World War II, the quarters functioned as a concessions rental. In 1985-87, an extensive renovation of the building was undertaken, which included the removal of the exterior stairs, and the installation of wallboard with wood battens as the interior finish. In 1999, the house, along with the other light station structures, was moved approximately half a mile due to seacoast erosion. As of 2016, the Principal Keeper's Quarters was used as support space for Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff.
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N2233
-  Survey number: HABS NC-357-B
-  Building/structure dates: 1870- 1871 Initial Construction
-  Building/structure dates: 1932 Subsequent Work
-  Building/structure dates: ca. 1940 Subsequent Work
-  Building/structure dates: 1985-1987 Subsequent Work
-  Building/structure dates: 1999 Subsequent Work
-  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 78000266
Medium
Photo(s): 12
Measured Drawing(s): 5
Data Page(s): 8
Photo Caption Page(s): 2
Call Number/Physical Location
HABS NC,28-BUXT,1-B-
Source Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
nc0477
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Online Format
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Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Dexter Stetson, U.S. Light-House Board, Frederick J Lindstrom, Timothy A Buehner, Judith E Collins, Thomas P Forde, et al., Boucher, Jack E, and Jarob J Ortiz, photographer. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Principal Keeper's Dwelling, Point of Cape Hatteras, access road from Route 12 9 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, Dare County, NC. Dare County North Carolina Buxton, 1933. translateds by Lindstrom, F Jmitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/nc0477/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Stetson, D., U.S. Light-House Board, Lindstrom, F. J., Buehner, T. A., Collins, J. E. [...] Ortiz, J. J., Boucher, J. E. & Ortiz, J. J., photographer. (1933) Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Principal Keeper's Dwelling, Point of Cape Hatteras, access road from Route 12 9 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, Dare County, NC. Dare County North Carolina Buxton, 1933. Lindstrom, F. J., trans Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/nc0477/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographers by Boucher, Jack E, and Jarob J Ortiz. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Principal Keeper's Dwelling, Point of Cape Hatteras, access road from Route 12 9 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, Dare County, NC. trans by Lindstrom, F Jmitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/nc0477/>.

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