East Brother Island Light Station

On East Brother Island W of Point San Pablo, Richmond, California


Street View 


"East Brother is the oldest wood-frame lighthouse on the West Coast still fully operational and still in its historic configuration with functioning equipment. It was one of a group of twelve lighthouses similar but unique in design, built in California during the early 1870's. At the time it was built, it provided both a light and roof signal to guide boats ferrying mail, passengers, and freight between San Francisco and various island ports." - California Historic Landmark No.951

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 12, 1971
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Gothic; Other architectural type; Carpenters Gothic
Areas of significance
Architecture; Maritime History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Coast guard facility
Current function
Coast guard facility
Period of significance
Significant years
1873; 1874; 1969
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 5

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info
  • December 28, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger