Belle Isle Station Site

Detroit, MI

Also known as Belle Isle

The Belle Isle Station Site site was established in 1942


This is an active site from 1942-present


This is the original site location


Designation number: NA

Station still active. 1942 station house does not survive, but 1969? station house survives.

Station Site Notes:

The property (1 1/4 acres) was purchased April 6, 1881 from the City of Detroit for the sum of $1.00. Belle Isle Lighthouse was constructed and a light was first shown on May 15, 1882. The light keeper's dwellings were built the succeeding year along with a surrounding retaining wall and a boathouse. That lighthouse occupied the site continuously until construction of the present facilities; The station was completed in 1942, and at that time the station was the most modern on the Great Lakes; The current facilities of Station Belle Isle, formerly known as St. Clair Lifeboat Station, were designed by the Ninth Coast Guard, Civil Engineering Section, Cleveland, Ohio and built by Faulkner Construction Company (USCG Historian's Website).

Buildings at this Station Site

The 1968? station house is surviving at this site

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