I remember this structure on Camp Street fascinating me whenI to be a child, constantly making me wonder how a lighthousewould wind up in the business district, v no body ofwater nearby. It still fascinates - and not simply children.

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I"ve discovered entries on assorted blog and also photo website by touristswho occur upon it and wonder what led to it to be there. Castle speculate the 1) the river changed course 2) a lakedried up 3) someone built it during a period of extendedstreet flooding (the latter, ns assume, to it is in tongue-in-cheek).

But, the factor for the design has naught to do with water.Though it"s modeled after the historical Milneburg lighthouse,the building was built in this method as a price - ametaphor for the beacon Lighthouse for the remote hopedto end up being to visually impaired citizen of new Orleans.

Kingsley house - tho going solid after 120+ years andresponsible because that so numerous social programs in the city - startedholding classes for the blind in 1911. This later on developedinto the LA Commission for the Blind and a score of providingemployment for civilization who were visually handicapped.

When a building on Camp Street to be purchased in 1924,the lighthouse was included to the and, eventually, the namewas officially changed to the Lighthouse for the Blind.The building soon ended up being a popular landmark.

By the 1950"s, a larger residence for their programs and also manufacturing facility to be required.The structure on Camp Street to be sold, residential property purchased and also a brand-new building constructedon State Street. Due to the fact that that time, the old lighthouse structure has been house toseveral businesses. It"s right now occupied through an arts gallery, Lighthouse Glass.

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Meanwhile, Lighthouse for the Blind has actually grown and also evolved tremendously due to the fact that itsmodest beginnings in the early on 1900"s. Their state-of-the-art production facilityproduces high quality products. There have been - and continue to be - dozens ofimportant, groundbreaking programs and also services because that the visually impaired that SoutheastLouisiana. A few of these include: a regimen of reproducing textbooks in Braille; one eyeclinic that"s gone on to become the mobile Eye Anomalies Detection Program, a huge printprogram, books-on-tape program, Radio for the Blind, classes and also training in many areas,including a Living skills classroom. The facility now consists of the just visual aids store inthe Gulf southern area. The Lighthouse because that the blind has end up being what its founders hope itwould be - a true beacon the hope because that the visually impaired citizens of south east Louisiana.

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