Toledo Harbor Lighthouse fans take heed. The lighthouse is in fourth place in a competition to win new windows and doors. It needs your help in voting online to bump it up to first place by the contest’s Sept. 7 deadline.
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is one of 12 finalists competing for windows and doors in the annual JELD-WEN window/door competition.
Currently, the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is in fourth place, losing out to Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Traverse City, Mich.; Bodie Island Light Station in North Carolina; and New Canal Lighthouse in Louisiana.
But there’s still time.
To cast a vote, visit www.jeld-wen.com/lighthouse. Each person may cast one vote throughout the contest.
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is in dire need of new windows and doors, according to Sandy Bihn, who has helped restore it.
The first floor has cement block windows and the rest are mainly Plexiglas, Bihn said.
Built in 1904 to mark the entrance to the Toledo shipping channel, the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse stands in the Great Lakes’ warmest, shallowest, fishiest waters, according to Bihn. With its buff brick and steel roof with rolled edges, it is considered “one of a kind.” A phantom is rumored to appear in the third-story window.
JELD-WEN offers new windows and doors to one lighthouse per year. This year, it had 49 applications. Only 12, including the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, are competing.
“This is an Ohio-Michigan competition and Ohio is down 130,000 votes. Toledo and Ohio can beat Michigan if we all help,” said Bihn.
Promoting the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse with its contest is an opportunity for Toledo’s image to be connected to the Great Lakes and a wonderful unique historic structure, according to Bihn.
More than 670 lighthouses dot the coastlines of the U.S., according to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Many are challenged by extreme weather conditions and lack sufficient funding for restoration efforts to properly protect and maintain their structures.
The JELD-WEN Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Program Initiative began in 2005 to help restore the original architecture and performance of lighthouses.
A judging panel will consider the need, overall restoration program and other factors before naming a winner.
“The outpouring of support that people have shown for their favorite lighthouses is amazing,” said Lynne Butterworth, lighthouse project manager for JELD-WEN. “Although public voting is only one factor in the decision for selecting the winning lighthouse, these results are a strong indicator of how people have rallied behind JELD-WEN’s initiative to help restore these historic landmarks.”
The winner this year will follow in the footsteps of three impressive beacons: Umpqua River Lighthouse on the state of Oregon’s southern coastline; Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay; and Wind Point Lighthouse in Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Michigan.