Highlighting Access and Understanding
Straddling cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes Light Station is one of the Bay Area’s most heavily visited destinations, even though it offers only minimal visitor services and presents challenges for those with limited mobility. The lighthouse had provided critical navigational aid to ships traveling on the Pacific Ocean into San Francisco. The site now provides access to an exceptional cultural and natural setting. While developing recommendations for the entire district though a cultural landscape report, we also worked with Architectural Resources Group on landscape designs for the Lighthouse Rehabilitation which will improve access and visitor services. Recommendations in the cultural landscape report focus on expanding the experience of the site’s story to include the military presence during World War II and the often-isolated life of lighthouse keepers. The collaborative process included working with a technical advisory group of experts from multiple disciplines within the park to help shape the design and programmatic elements of the site.