Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station, photo submitted 1976 Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station, photo submitted 1976
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Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station
North of Glen Haven, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Haven - Leelanau County
Other Names Glen Haven Coast Guard Station
Property Type lighthouse
Historic Use TRANSPORTATION
Current Use VACANT/NOT IN USE
Style Other
Architect/Builder Robert J. B. Newcombe
Narrative Description Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station complex is composed of four buildings including a residence, boat house, storage shed, and a signal tower, located on the southern portion of Sleeping Bear Bay on Lake Michigan. The main building is a rectangular two-story frame residence topped by a wood-shingled gable roof, standing on a cement foundation. A porch supported by four square columns fronts the facade. The nearby rectangular frame wooden boat house is covered with vertical siding and is topped by a natural wood shingle hipped-roof surmounted by an octagonal cupola.
Statement of Significance Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station is significant because it represents the use of an architectural prototype design and retains much of its historical integrity. The station was primarily manned by volunteers, a unique situation among government agencies. The life saving station was built in 1901 by Robert J. B. Newcombe under contract to the United States Life Saving Service. Drifting sand and inaccessible location caused the Coast Guard to move the station one mile to the east in 1931. Operations at the station ceased during World War II, and the station was officially closed in 1958. Transferred to the National Park Service, Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station is now part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) 1901, 1931, 1958
Registry Type(s) 04/26/1979 National Register listed
Site ID# P23864