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Life After Lights-Out: Ten Adaptive Reuses for Lighthouses

They’re picturesque, they’re historic, they’re functional — they’re lighthouses. And in many places, thanks to changes in guidance technology like GPS units and sonar, they’re obsolete.

Often when a lighthouse is decommissioned, it gets put on the auction block in the hopes a private developer will turn it into… something. Some especially historic lighthouses end up in the hands of preservationists or non-profit foundations, hoping to restore the houses and keep the lights on, while others simply fall into ruin. But those need not be the only options. Here are ten “second careers” for lighthouses, from wildlife refuges to castles, columbariums and beyond!

Brief yourself on the afterlife of lighthouses, on Atlas Obscura…