| Milneburg Lighthouse . Lake Pontchartrain . Louisiana . Watercolor . 12" x 9"
... also called the Port Pontchartrain Light... the first structure, a wooden octogon, was built in 1838. This second tower, built of brick was erected in 1855.
At that time it was attached to a keeper's house and out buildings, standing on pilings 3,000 feet into Lake Pontchartrain. The site was developed over the years
and eventually surrounded by an amusement park. In 1929 the light was declared obsolete and the facility was given to the Orleans Levee Board, who promptly
filled in the area round the tower, thereby extending the shoreline farther to the north. Now all that remains of the Milneburg Lighthouse is the brick tower, hidden
away within the campus of the University of New Orleans Technology Center at the end of Elysian Fields Avenue. And when I visited... what is left of this elegant
little tower is now surrounded by a fairly ugly steel security fence, so no one will touch it.