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June 03, 2010


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Great story Dominique!

I also understand this particular lighthouse is the only one in the U.S. built in the Art Deco/Moderne style. A real treasure.



This is my favorite area of the park. It's so peaceful on the river by the light tower or back along the lagoon. If you can't find me at work or home, I'm probably there with a book relaxing. Thanks for the article!

Dominique King

Charlie-I suspect you are correct. I've never seen another lighthouse like this one, and there aren't a lot of them built in during that time period that I know about. It really is a beautiful structure, though.

David-Thanks for stopping by! I can imagine this would be a great place to get away from the weekend crowds. We were out there during the week when I took these photos and a few that I've used in other blog entries.


This Lighthouse was designed and built by ARCHITECT - Louis Kamper. Not Albert Khan.

Dominique King

Thanks for stopping by, Luke.

The only site I found that connected Louis Kamper to the lighthouse was the Find-a-grave site (which did not reveal the source for their attribution).

I found numerous sources crediting Kahn and/or his firm with designing the lighthouse, including: documents related to the lighthouse in the Albert Kahn collection at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=bhlead;idno=umich-bhl-0420;view=reslist;didno=umich-bhl-0420;subview=standard;focusrgn=C02;cc=bhlead;byte=63077297 , the Detroit Area Art Deco Society page crediting Kahn with the design http://www.daads.org/full.php?subaction=showfull&id=1274890479&archive=&start_from=&ucat=5& and my copy of The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture by Hill and Gallagher that credits the conservatory, aquarium, and the Livingstone Light House on Belle Isle all to Kahn (listings 292-294, pp 262-4).

I'm familiar with several buildings of Kamper and Kahn, and the style of the lighthouse seems more in line with Kahn's style.

I also remember reading that Kahn designed the now-gone Livingstone house in Detroit's Brush Park. It was supposedly Kahn's first commission.

So, I have to stand by the information that the lighthouse was a Kahn project...unless I find compelling evidence to the contrary.

I do enjoy seeing Kamper's work around town, too. I was pleased to see that they appear to have done a little bit of rehab work on the Kamper-designed mausoleum in the Roseland Park cemetery at 12 Mile and Woodward in Berkley, Michigan.

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

Oh, I've visited this lighthouse so many times. So close to home and a real treasure. I do believe the last time I was here, the snow was up to my knees, and it took all I had to walk to it. A fantastic post! Thanks.

Dominique King

It really is a unique lighthouse, isn't it? A lot of folks are surprised to find that Detroit has a lighthouse...let alone more than one!

Anna Burgard

Hi--the figures look like the work of Rockwell Kent, who was friends with Kahn's nephew. Do you know who is responsible for them?

Dominique King

A quick Web search shows me a couple of places that attribute the relief work to Hungarian artist Geza Meroti ... Here's one link with that info http://detroitarchitecturebook.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/belle-isle-livingston-lighthouse/

Paul Campbell

I visit this lighthouse once every few years, as it is a beautiful place, and also where I proposed to my wife over 30 years ago. Still happily married!

Dominique King

Congratulations to the both of you, Paul! This spot is definitely one of Detroit's hidden gems :)

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