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U.S. Lifesaving Station (Former)

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1886, Albert B. Bibb. Cooneymus Rd.

Increased maritime traffic around and to Block Island in the late nineteenth century occasioned the construction of several related buildings along the island's shores. Stations such as this were built following standardized plans—here, the plan for the Bibb Number 2 Station, developed by the house architect for the U.S. Lifesaving Service. The design recalls the smooth massing of the Shingle Style—though this was originally clapboard—and here, for the first time, the lookout was placed in a dormer, not in a tower. Other lifesaving stations on the island's east side and at Sandy Point are gone. This station, abandoned in 1936, now serves as a summer house, handsomely remodeled for that purpose.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.

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