11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Southeast Light

Year Listed: 1990, 1991
Location: Block Island, Rhode Island
Threat: Development

Significance

Last updated in 2003, a 7,000 acre island, seven miles long and three miles across at its widest point, and located 12 miles from Long Island and the same distance from Charlestown, Rhode Island, Block Island and the water surrounding it was a dangerous place for boats. In the hopes of making the water a safer place, the Gothic Revival Southeast lighthouse was built in 1873 and was in service until 1990 when the Coast Guard deactivated the light and replaced it with a steel tower. 115 years of erosion have put the lighthouse on the 11 Most Endangered List.