Histories of local lighthouses- the Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

Dwelling Houses:

Dwelling Houses for the Keepers are to be built at each place each to be 35 feet by 20, foundation of hard brick walls one foot thick laid 18 inches below the surface of the ground and canned 2 feet above, on which is to be laid a frame building sills 8 inches square, posts 11 feet high 4 by 8 inches, braced above and below, lower flooring joists and to be 2 by 8 inches, 18 inches apart, bridged chamber floor joist 2 by 6 inches apart to be laid so that the rooms finish 8 feet in the clear, sides and ends and roof to be boarded with good seasoned pine boards and shingled with the best cypress or juniper shingles 12 1/2 inches long laid not more than 4 inches to the weather on the roof, and five inches on the sides and ends. The house at each place to be divided into two rooms with an entry between 7 feet wide and a chimney in each end of each house, with a fire place in each room below, 3 windows in each room below of 12 inches, lights 10 by 12 glass. The stairs to lead from the entry to the attic, closet back of the stairs attic divided into two chambers with entry between 6 feet wide one of the chambers divided into 2 rooms, a lantern window in the entry and a window in each of the small rooms, and 2 in each of the large ones, of 12 lights each 10 by 8 glass, collared with lead as well as both the chimneys doors in front and back of the entry, one to lead into each of the parlor chambers and closet. The doors to be 4 planked one inches thick except the front and back doors which are to be 1 1/2 inches thick. The front with freeze light with a good lock, hinges and latch on each end a bolt on the back door. Parlor entry, chambers and closet to be latched and plastered and finished in a plane and substantial manner, gutters back and front of the houses made of tin or wood with trunks to lead off the water into a cistern an opening to be left in each side of the brick foundations 8 by 12 inches a piazza on front sides of each house 8 feet wide floors six inches below the sill of the door and the roof shingled as specified for the houses all the wood work except the roof to be painted with two coats of white lead and oil all the floors in the houses to be laid double, at a convenient distance from each dwelling is to be erected a frame kitchen 15 by 12 feet to stand each on 6 brick pillars 2 feet from the ground 10 feet post boarded and shingled roof like the dwelling, one third pitch, 2 windows in each 12 light 8 by 10 glass, one door a chimney for each with suitable fire place for cooking with crane trimmed and hooks the floor double the attic floor single and matched one window in each attic compact stairs or steps to go into the attic.

 In the rear of each house a cistern is to be built of hard brick lined with Rowan cement, and large enough to contain 2500 gallons into which the rain gutters from the dwellings are to lead and the whole covered with a top and door of 2 inch pine plank seasoned and the said Bowden agrees to finish the towers, dwellings, cisterns, so as specified above at Cape San Blas by the 1st day March 1848 and those at Cape St. George by the 1st day of June 1848 for the sum of Thirteen thousand, four hundred dollars and the said Spencer one the part of the United States agrees to pay Bowden on completion and acceptance of the work, the above named sum of $13,400 dollars.

In witness where of we have here to set our hands and seals the day and date  above written.

                                                   (Signed) Samuel W. Spencer (seal)

Signed Sealed and delivered

In the presence of



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