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HIGHLIGHT With all the Fracos positioned at one level, workers could easily walk around the entire tower. If necessary, National Restoration could disconnect one of the platforms, for each is equipped with its own motor. “We typically dropped down the tower in the evening, restocked the materials, and drove back up in the morning,” said Fletcher. The Fraco system was pivotal in efficiently repairing the observation deck, as well. “We were able to load one 400 to 500 lb. section of the cast iron deck on the Fraco,” said Fletcher. “Major structural repairs were done in the shop before loading it back on the Fraco and driving it to the top for the steel contractor.”

Following the time-honored traditions of the mason’s craft, this National Restoration crew member is restoring a piece of Michigan’s nautical history once damaged by peeling paint and exposure of the brick to the freeze-thaw cycle.

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THE FINAL STEPS As the finishing touch, Quinn Evans conducted a paint analysis to determine the original paint colors of the deck and copper dome rather than rely on historical tradition. “Most lighthouses have black-painted rails and a top of colonial red, but for this lighthouse, Quinn Evans had the paint analyzed and selected the colors based on the Munsell Color System, which almost no one takes the time to use,” said Fletcher. The result is charcoal color rails and decking and a dome painted red with a brownish tint. National Restoration also installed new electrical systems for the green navigation light. One of the very last work items is connecting the lightning protection for the lighthouse, along with restoring the storage room exterior. This included replicating the original double-hung window and entry door in mahogany. Beyond admirably executed craftsmanship, the project was delivered on budget, on schedule and in a collaborative spirit. “What is really nice about working with Ilene Tyler (preservation Principal at Quinn Evans and Principal on this project) and Brandon is that they are both knowledgeable and passionate about historical restoration,” said Fletcher. “We are all working for the same end goal, which is to preserve a piece of history. My brother and project manager, Josh, did a fantastic job, along with all the workers on the project.” Quinn Evans has restored both the Pt. Betsie Lighthouse and the South Channel Rear Light, and has conducted studies for the South Manitou and the AuSable Point Lights. National Restoration has restored the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse and the Pointe Aux Barques Light. “This is our third lighthouse, and if I could, historical masonry restoration is all I would do for the rest of my

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