Richard F. White, the chairman of the Montauk Lighthouse Committee, said from Washington, D.C., Tuesday that the Montauk Lighthouse is eligible for national landmark status. Earlier in the day, a group of Lighthouse officials received unanimous approval from the landmark committee of the National Park System Advisory Board.
A group including, in addition to Mr. White, Eleanor Ehrhardt from the Lighthouse committee and Robert Hefner, an East Hampton Town preservation consultant, has for more than six years lobbied for the status that will now preserve the historic landmark and make it eligible for grants.
“Bob did an outstanding 15-minute PowerPoint presentation,” Mr. White said. “It was a multiteam effort that finally paid off.”
The group and Brian Pope, an assistant site manager at the Lighthouse, drove to Washington for their allotted 20-minute presentation and returned immediately afterward.
As part of the application, Lighthouse officials had to prove that the structure was significant to the country apart from the fact that it was commissioned by George Washington. They conveyed that it was part of the development of New York City as a leading seaport, guiding ships from Europe to New York and preventing them from crashing into the rocks at Montauk Point.
There are still two phases that the group must go through before landmark status is granted, but they are standard practices required by the National Park Service, Mr. White said. “Unless something outrageous goes wrong, we’re in,” he said.