Rob Gilpin honored for restoration of Block Island North Lighthouse (RI)

Rob Gilpin, who has long spearheaded the restoration of Rhode Island’s Block Island North Lighthouse as the chair of the North Light Commission, was the recipient of the Antoinette Downing Volunteer Service Award from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission on Sunday, Oct. 21.

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Rob Gilpin at the Block Island North Lighthouse in October 2005. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

Architect Walter Sedovic stated that Gilpin is, essentially, “the keeper of the North Light. He can do so many things: energy systems, lighting, color, building maintenance and management, efficiencies, historical attributes of the building, the relationship of the building to the immediate environment, and then presenting all of this to people in a way that touches them. He puts a human face on this lighthouse and on so many things that he touches. He makes them human.”

Block Island North Lighthouse in September 2016. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

You can read more about this story on the Block Island Times website by clicking here.

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