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July 2016
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Topic of the Month: Historic Lighthouse Replica Built

Architectural Firm of the Month: Simbari Design Architecture

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Thomas J. Simbari founded Simbari Design Architecture, PLLC in August 2004 in Rochester, New York. He established the firm as a general practice, believing that all building types and clients can benefit from good design. The firm practices "good listening", which Mr. Simbari believes is the key to effective design solutions. The firm's designs are derived from its client's needs, wants and aesthetic desires. The design solutions, therefore, consist of various architectural styles, each with their own personal feel. Some key areas of experience include; commercial, educational, industrial, medical, multi-family and single family residential, municipal and radiology. The firm has experience in both new construction and renovation of existing structures and is accustomed to working with large project teams on complex projects.

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The new Oak Orchard Lighthouse in Point Breeze, New York is an historically accurate replica of a lighthouse that stood on that spot from 1871 to 1916, when the lighthouse was swept out to sea during a storm and was not replaced. In 2004, the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum raised the funds to construct a replica of the original building. Architect Thomas Simbari of Simbari Design Architects worked on the project, along with Nathaniel General Contractors and Chatfield Engineers, all located in Rochester, NY. Simbari recreated the historic structure utilizing a 1909 survey along with extensive research into historic Great Lakes lighthouse structures.
The original Oak Orchard Lighthouse was built with the help of a grant in 1867 for the amount of $87,000.00. The square pyramidal lighthouse was located on the north end of the west pier, stood over 32 feet tall, was constructed of wood, and the lantern of iron. Wooden ship ladder steps led to a landing which housed the light. The fourth order, fixed light was first exhibited on the evening of July 17, 1871. The first floor of the lighthouse was fitted with a locker, a closet with hooks and shelves, and a work table. The second floor housed two lockers and a bunk. The lantern was one floor above and was constructed of boiler plate steel. It could be accessed by a ladder from the second floor.

The first lighthouse keeper was John R. Kelly, hired when he was only twenty-seven years old. To reach the beacon, Kelly had to walk 1,800 feet along the beach to reach the pier and then continue another 1,000 feet out onto the pier. Two years after the light was activated, an 800-foot-long elevated walk was built on the pier to help Kelly reach the beacon when waves or ice made walking on the pier dangerous. In 1880, the elevated walkway was repaired and extended inshore another 221 feet. Four years later, the west pier was rebuilt and an entire new elevated walkway was constructed. Once completed, this structure was recorded as U.S. Light List Number 2365, and was visible for nine miles.

The piers were maintained until 1905 when they were abandoned by the U.S. Government. During a storm in 1914, a large hole was washed through the west pier. Another storm on December 23, 1916 swept away the lighthouse and what remained of the piers.

Construction of the new Oak Orchard Lighthouse began on February 22, 2010. The concrete pedestals were poured and the framing of the lighthouse itself began in March of that year. Construction was completed in 2010 and since then, the lighthouse has seen thousands of visitors from all over the world. The lighthouse is considered to be one of the jewels in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
Members of The Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum Committee have stated, "It's been an amazing journey since the committee formed in 2003 to rebuild the historic structure." The committee became incorporated in 2004 as the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum, a non- profit organization provisionally chartered under the New York State Education Department, Board of Regents. The committee partnered with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Orleans County to reconstruct the lighthouse.

The park is located at Point Breeze on the east side near the mouth of the Oak Orchard River on Lake Ontario, and is owned by the State of New York and leased by Orleans County.

The Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum Committee continues to raise funds to secure a suitable site to construct a museum to preserve maritime history of the area and region. Plans include a bootleg room, a room dedicated to the International Snipe Class racing sailboat, and a celebration of an incident that occurred at the harbor during the War of 1812.

The lighthouse is open to visitors during summer months. For more information visit:
Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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