Crews install cupola on New Canal lighthouse

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by Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

NEW ORLEANS – The New Canal Lighthouse at Lake Pontchartrain’s West End is taking shape, with crews installing the lighthouse cupola Tuesday morning.

The familiar red cupola, which weights about a ton, will enclose the lighthouse’s light, which is next to be installed.

The Katrina and Rita hurricane storm surges smashed the lighthouse that had stood on the Lakefront since 1890.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation salvaged as much as possible, and then began raising funds to rebuild it.

On August 29, the foundation is going to re-light the lighthouse for the first time.

The foundation is still seeking donations for the effort.

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