Newport - 2016
A mile offshore, beyond the reach of Newport’s utility lines and services, the Rose Island Lighthouse stands as an independent, energy-efficient building that was home to keepers and their families for over a hundred years.
After the Newport bridge was built the light station was abandoned. For the next 14 years it fell victim to scavengers, vandals and the weather. In 1984, volunteers of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation (RILF) cleaned out and restored it to its 1912 appearance, installing environmentally sensitive, new (but not necessarily modern) utilities for electricity, water, sewer, and heat.