Cenaxo was selected by the Norwalk Seaport Association for the Rehabilitation of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Keeper’s Cottage Project. The budget was limited, but Cenaxo provided the value that was needed to make the project a reality. Collaboration was key in working through logistics and scope to accomplish the goals of our client.
The Sheffield Island Lighthouse is a mid-Victorian style lighthouse built in 1868 from stone, wood and cast iron. Adjacent to the lighthouse is the Keeper’s Cottage, which was built in 1827. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 1989. The property is rich in history, and there is a passionate group of volunteers committed to the preservation of this historic structure.
While the restoration work required sensitive care, the logistics of this project added a unique challenge. Sheffield Island is located approximately four miles from the outside of the harbor in Norwalk, Connecticut. The crew commuted daily with a local commercial support boat, which ensured safe and reliable passage to and from the project. The major mobilization was accomplished utilizing a 74’ twin diesel-powered landing craft, which allowed for safe, practical loading and unloading of trailers, tractors, lifts and equipment.
The work scope required the delicate handling of a diverse blend of materials such as wood, masonry, copper and cast iron. Cenaxo’s experienced crew succeeded in executing the highest quality workmanship possible, while respecting the unique history of these very special structures.