National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco

National Register #91001096: Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse in San Francisco Bay
Lighthouse and Eastern Span of Bay Bridge
National Register #91001096: Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse in San Francisco Bay
Lighthouse and Former Keeper's House
National Register #91001096: Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse in San Francisco Bay
Yerba Buena Lighthouse
All Photos 26 April 2009
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National Register #91001096
Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse
Yerba Buena Island
Built 1873

The Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse District covers twenty-seven acres containing three contributing buildings and one contributing structure.

The United States Coast Guard controls the southern half of Yerba Buena Island which, unfortunately, includes the Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse District. The lighthouse is operational, but unmanned, and the old keeper's residence is now quarters for a Coast Guard Admiral. Because the Admiral and his armed sentry will not welcome you even if you are an American taxpayer, the only way to view the lighthouse is from the water.

The tower and keeper's quarters, especially, serve as excellent examples of the late 19th century styles Stick-Eastlake and Victorian-Gothic, respectively.

When viewed together the buildings present an accurate portrayal of the design and construction of a late 19th century inner harbor lighthouse. There are no modern buildings in the complex to dilute the historical architectural representation.

Excerpted from the NRHP nomination dated 7 May 1990.

The top photograph shows the old and new eastern spans of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The steel, double-towered cantilever is part of the original bridge completed in 1936.

In 1989, the Loma Prieta Earthquake damaged the eastern span resulting in a one month closure of the bridge for repairs. The entire eastern span is being replaced by a new span which is scheduled for completion in 2013. A portion of the new concrete causeway is visible in the photograph.

Points of interest on Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island:

Historic lighthouses on the west coast:

Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City
Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Curry County, Oregon
East Brother Light Station, Contra Costa County
Fort Point Lighthouse, San Francisco
Point Arena Light Station, Mendocino County

Point Bonita Light Station, Marin County
Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino County
Point Montara Light Station, San Mateo County
Point Reyes Light Station, Marin County
Pigeon Point Lighthouse, San Mateo County

St. George Reef Light Station, Crescent City
Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse, San Francisco

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