Cue Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” because the Titanic is making the ultimate return this year in more ways than one!
News was just recently released that the 1997 classic movie depiction of Titanic will return to theaters for a limited time on February 10th to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary.
And now, word’s been released that the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse will soon receive a facelift.
The lighthouse, which stands at the corner of Fulton and Pearl Street and honors RMS Titanic’s passengers, officers, and crew who perished when the ship sank after collision with an iceberg, gives passersby a place stop and reflect on Titanic’s tragic story.
The lighthouse was originally erected on the roof of the Seamen’s Church Institute, now Vietnam Veterans Plaza, on April 15, 1913. The construction of it was a nationwide effort, and one year to the day after Titanic’s sinking, the lighthouse was dedicated.
However, the memorial hasn’t been restored since its relocation in 1976, when it was relocated from Seamen’s Church Institute to the entrance of the South Street Historic Seaport District, and it could use a bit of a pick-me-up.
The South Street Seaport Museum has issued a request for proposals, seeking “qualified architectural firms to provide architectural and preservation services, including the coordination of all required consultants and engineers, for the renovation of the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse.”
The goals of the restoration project are to conserve the exterior and interior lighting, evaluate the tower’s structure and concrete base to determine if it’s stable, and clean and paint the memorial.
The selected firm will also work with the museum to create appropriate signage.
Proposals were due last week, January 6.
Here’s to hoping the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse soon shines bright once again!