Thanks to everyone for their responses. I think you are correct that this was likely a prop building constructed for the film. Other scenes in the film show a yacht that is obviously a model boat in a pool, so there is certainly precedent for a little Hollywood sleight-of-hand.
Last post by nelights - June 30, 2021, 02:47:25 PM
Another odd thing is that there's no ventilator ball on the top of the lantern, which would be very unusual for an American lighthouse - and how would the smoke have escaped from the lantern room without some kind of ventilation? I looked closer at the keeper's house and it looks sort of beat up -- again, not something you would have seen at an American lighthouse around 1919.
Last post by nelights - June 30, 2021, 02:44:18 PM
It's definitely not a New England lighthouse. The shape of the lantern dome is unlike anything I can remember seeing on a New England lighthouse. It's so unusual that it makes me wonder if it might have been a mockup created for the film. Also, the keeper's house looks very rustic, not like something you'd expect to see around 1919.
I am in the process of restoring a silent film from 1919 that features a lighthouse. Details of the film's production are somewhat sketchy - only that it was shot on location somewhere on the US East Coast (perhaps New England). I assume that the lighthouse was not just a set piece and that it was an actual facility. I am hoping to discover the identity of the lighthouse shown in the film and whether or not it still exists.
I have attached a screen capture from the film to this post. Thanks in advance for any assistance!