October 18, 2019

American Lighthouse Foundation Honors Keith Lescarbeau with President’s Award

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The American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF) recently honored Keith Lescarbeau of Abcore Restorations, Narragansett, RI, with its President’s Award. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to historic lighthouse preservation. Jeremy D’Entremont, President of the American Lighthouse Foundation, presented the award at a program at Weaver Library, hosted by Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, the East Providence Historical Society and the library.

A chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse nominated Keith Lescarbeau for the award in recognition of his extraordinary efforts at the historic East Providence lighthouse. Abcore Restorations completed restoration of the interior of the structure in 2018.

“We are indebted to Keith for his outstanding and selfless contributions to Pomham Rocks Lighthouse’s total restoration and preservation,” noted Dennis Tardiff, Chair of the local lighthouse Friends group. Keith had previously restored the exterior of Pomham Rocks in 2006 and intervened to prevent damage from its leaning light tower.

Attention to detail is the hallmark of Keith’s work, which was completed with historical accuracy. Many of the improvements made were outside the scope of the contract, at his own expense and time. Some of these repairs included insulation in the attic and walls, rebuilding of the staircase supporting framework, sealing the cistern to bring it back to working order, repairing electrical work, installing countertops and repairing and fabricating windows. Keith replicated antique flooring, moldings and balusters, using historical materials. Pomham Rocks Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Committed to preservation of historic lighthouses, Keith Lescarbeau previously restored or made repairs to Plum Beach Lighthouse, Rose Island Lighthouse, Beavertail Lighthouse, Dutch Island Lighthouse and is currently restoring Block Island Southeast Lighthouse.

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