The National Lighthouse Museum


Staten Island, NY

The National Lighthouse Museum is defined by three distinct spaces: The Lighthouse Mews, the Museum Plaza, and the Spark Plug Lighthouse Amphitheater. The Mews took shape as the new pedestrian passage linking the Fresnel Plaza to the Museum Plaza, on axis with the lighthouse museum entry. Defined with a grid of lawn panels, this space sits adjacent to the Historical Lighthouse Wall, illustrating noteworthy highlights of American Lighthouse history.

The Museum Plaza is mixed-use outdoor exhibit space. Its diagonal lawn panel terminates on axis with the Spark Plug Lighthouse Amphitheater, a 6-tier terraced lawn space boasting views of the Verrazano Bridge, Staten Island Ferry and the New York Skyline. The plaza space includes passive seating next door to the existing Ferry repair building and a preserved bosque of honey locust trees for comfortable, shady relaxing. This plaza completes the connection to Pier C and the river’s edge with a boardwalk.