Points Northeast Historical Society’s restoration of the Browns Point Lighthouse is in full swing!  We are so excited to share the transformation with you!


This project has been in planning for over three years, and is now becoming a reality!  The lighthouse is the last of the seven historic structures at Browns Point Lighthouse Park to undergo restoration by Points Northeast Historical Society.


On Monday, July 19, the sagging, crumbling, original 1933 lighthouse stairs were lifted back into place! Now they are ready to be repaired and painted.


Later that same week, security fencing was installed. Thank you, Browns Point Improvement Club, for the use of your Salmon Bake security fencing!


A key architectural feature, the “wedding cake” step in the lighthouse base, which was eliminated in the last century, is being restored to its original “Art Deco” design, by removing the cement from the filled-in step. Browns Point Lighthouse is one of the few art deco lighthouses in existence.


The lantern, or navigational beacon, and it’s supporting equipment, including solar panels, were removed by the US Coast Guard on Friday, July 23, to allow for led paint abatement (removal) on the exterior of the cement tower. This will prepare the surface of the lighthouse for a fresh coat of sparkling white paint, which is long overdue!

A platform was built to support the scaffolding, from plywood borrowed from Browns Point Improvement Club. Scaffolding was delivered and erected July 26th through 28th. The lighthouse structure has been tented for lead paint abatement and painting.


A temporary light-buoy was placed by the Coast Guard, in the water just west of Browns Point, as an aid to marine traffic until construction is completed and the lighthouse is made operational again in September.


The five windows, which were removed and boarded up decades ago, will be replicated and installed, along with a new replicated door.


After the tower is painted, tenting will be removed, and the 80-year-old lighthouse tower will be crowned with its lantern, high atop the restored structure. The new lantern is a replica of the original, cupola-like feature that was removed in the 1940’s. It will house the same solar LED navigational beacon that the Coast Guard removed on July 23rd.

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Come to Browns Point Lighthouse Park to see our progress!

Points Northeast Historical Society will have docents on hand in the park to answer your questions every Saturday through September 4th, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Hope to see you there!

















Left to right: Loretta Howard, Marianne Matthews, Toni Iglecias, Jerry Pischel, Karen Pischel, Jim Harnish, Pam Thomas, Tom Smith, Pat Harnish, Silvia McClung


Thank you to our Title Sponsors, Co-Sponsors, and Donors!

The Lighthouse Restoration Project is made possible through the support and generous donations of our title sponsors, The Bartolatz Family, The Jenkins Family Foundation, and Specialty Metals Corporation, and to our co-sponsors, Dash Point Social and Improvement Club, Browns Point Improvement Club, the Stensrud Family, Pat and Jim Harnish, Gregg Hoffman Construction, Butcher’s Above the Bay, Josh “Big Dog” Souza, the Collins Family, Better Properties Soundview, and Tom Smith “In Memory of Pam Halsan.”


Grants were received from The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Port of Tacoma, Pierce County Heritage League, and Tacoma Landmarks Heritage Project.


And thank you to over 200 other Lighthouse Lovers for your individual donations. You have helped Points Northeast Historical Society to “Keep The Light Shining!”


"Keep The Light Shining"

Points Northeast Historical Society asked for your help, and you responded!

We are thrilled to announce that we have met our goal of $50,000 for the Community Fundraiser.  “Keep the Light Shining” Community Fundraiser is one part of our larger goal, to raise $175,000 for Lighthouse Restoration.  We applied for, and received, several grants for most of the needed funding, but it was important to involve you, the community of Browns Point Lighthouse Lovers! 

There’s no more room to list donor names on the commemorative t-shirt before printing, so that donation level is sold out!  But, there is still time for you to be a part of the Lighthouse Restoration Project, and also receive a Commemorative “Keep The Light Shining” T-shirt, plus a free 2021 membership in Points Northeast Historical Society!

Donations at the $50 level are unlimited.  You can still receive a free commemorative “Keep The Light Shining” t-shirt, and a free 2021 membership in Points Northeast Historical Society for your $50 donation!


If you don't wish to donate, but only want to renew your membership, CLICK HERE.



Donations from over 200 individuals, families, community organizations, and businesses totaling $52,000 cash plus one “in-kind” donation of $10,000 value. (An in-kind donation is a non-cash gift made to a nonprofit organization, including goods, services, time, and expertise.) 
55@ $50; (Free 2021 PNEHS Membership and Commemorative T-shirt)
103@ $100;  (Name on back of Commemorative T-shirt, Free 2021 Membership, plus Free t-shirt)
4@ $500+; 
5@ $1,000+; 
9@ $2,000+
        Browns Point Improvement Club,
        Dash Point Social and Improvement Club
        Jim and Pat Harnish
        The Stensrud Family
        The Collins Family
        The Butcher Family
        Stephanie Herrmann and Soundview Properties
        Tom Smith in Memory of Pam Halsan

        Gregg Hoffman Construction

        Chrystal Soda Blast
1@ $5,000 Souza Family in memory of Josh “Big Dog” Souza
3@ $10,000 (Title Sponsors)
       Jim Stice, Specialty Metals Corporation (in-kind donation of “cupola”)
       Dan Jenkins Family

       The Bartolatz Family

Grants Awarded:

Port of Tacoma, $25,000 
Ben B. Cheney Foundation, $50,000 
Tacoma Landmarks Commission, $4,500

Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant - $25,000

Grant Applications:

Tote Marine – in progress, $25,000 to $30,000 (to be awarded in fall, if we are approved)


Cottage Rental

We are happy to announce that the Lightkeeper’s Cottage at Browns Point Lighthouse Park is available!  For information and details on renting our historic three-bedroom cottage, please go to VRBO or Airbnb websites and search "Browns Point Lighthouse."  The calendar is filling up quickly for this popular waterfront destination.  Book your vacation stay now!


"New" Antiques

Beautiful antique furnishings were recently donated by PNEHS Board Member and Past President Neil Hanson.  We are very excited to refresh the displays and furniture in the cottage and create a historical vignette in the recently restored Generator Building! Among the "new" antiques for the cottage is a lovely vintage oval oak table with matching chairs, a large bookcase with a complete collection of "Tom Swift" books, two wash stands, vintage library table, oak office chair, and many other lovely treasures.


Thank you Neil and Karen Hanson!

PNEHS Museums and Public Tours Remain Closed Through 2021

Out of an abundance of caution, to protect the public, our docents, and other volunteers, the PNEHS Board of Directors has chosen to keep our Museums closed through this year.  Public Tours of the Historic Browns Point Light Station buildings will resume in May, 2022.  Depending on the cottage rental schedule, you may arrange a private tour for your special group.  For details, please call Nancy Bess, 360-876-5110.

Watch for Special Outdoor Events!

Outdoor events and a special celebration for completion of the Browns Point Lighthouse Restoration project are being planned for the end of September, or early October.

How can I help?

Thank you for asking!

Points Northeast Historical Society is self-supporting, receiving NO funding from the US Coast Guard, taxes of any local, state, or federal entities.

Here is how you can help:

  • Become a member - HERE

  • Make a donation to our General Fund or Lighthouse Restoration - HERE

Stay safe, and stay tuned!  We are working for you!  Join us!

Nancy Bess, President

Lighthouse Park & Points NE Historic

Lighthouse Park & Points NE Historic

Present Browns Point Lighthouse 1933

Present Browns Point Lighthouse 1933

First Browns Point Lighthouse 1903

First Browns Point Lighthouse 1903

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Dash Point Dock Today

Dash Point Dock 1917

Dash Point Dock 1917

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Northeast Tacoma Neighborhood Today

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Airstrip in Undeveloped NE Tacoma

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