Sturgeon Bay lighthouse up for auction

Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead lighthouse (U.S. Lighthouse Society photo)

The federal government is auctioning the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead lighthouse.

The minimum bid for the 39-foot tall lighthouse is $10,000, although a $25,000 bid has already been submitted. Bidders must submit a $5,000 deposit. For more details on the process, click here.

The facility, built in 1903, consists of a cylindrical cast iron tower integrated with a rectangular fog signal building, and an attached catwalk. The light tower is topped with a circular cast iron platform that supports the lantern. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and will continue to serve as an active aid to navigation, maintained by the United States Coast Guard.

The federal government has a responsibility to dispose of excess government real estate, according to Ann Kalayil, regional administrator for the General Services Administration.

“Lighthouses like the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead light have deep roots and tangible value as historic landmarks in local communities. Through public sales, GSA is able to help find a new owner while saving taxpayer dollars on operation and maintenance," she said.

Since 2000, more than 100 lighthouses have been sold or transferred out of federal ownership, with 68 transferred at no cost to preservationists, and 36 sold by auction to the public. There are currently two groups vying for the Algoma lighthouse under the transfer program, while the Manitowoc lighthouse was sold at auction several years ago.