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Went looking for a lighthouse…

January 22, 2017

and found something more interesting!

I went to Portland Head Lighthouse thinking it would be a good photo opportunity – it was, but I didn’t realize what else was on the property.  The lighthouse is part of Fort Williams Park, which includes both a decaying mansion and abandoned military structures and that was even more interesting.

The lighthouse dates to 1791 and is still an active lighthouse maintained by the US Coast Guard (1). Nearby, dating back to 1858, was the home of the Goddard Mansion, built by New York architect Charles A. Alexander for a local businessman, John Goddard (2). Unfortunately, its condition is not nearly as good.  It was sold to the US Army in 1900, and by the time the town acquired it in the 1960’s, it was so deteriorated that a controlled burn was done in the 1980’s to remove the interior debris.

The construction of military facilities began in 1873 (3) and they grew and changed over the years, until the property was acquired by the town in the 1960’s. Remains of the military facilities can now be easily visited while at the park.

It was a surprisingly warm day for December in Maine, but the overcast sky, lack of foliage, and general lack of color in the old stone and concrete structures made for pretty monotone colors. Because of this, I went with a black and white treatment, as I thought it brought out the details.  The lighthouse had color in it, so I didn’t do the conversion on it.  All the shots were taken with my Nikon D90, 18-200 lens and edited in LR and either ON1 or Photoshop and Topaz.

The Goddard Mansion

Battery Keyes

Portland Head Light


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One Comment
  1. Tammy permalink

    What a cool history and love the images…black and white is perfect for these images!


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