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Grand Traverse Lighthouse
Scale model of the Grand Traverse Light House in Michgan, USA.
About this creation
This is a scale model of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, a combination residence/lighthouse built in 1858 at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan's lower peninsula. This is to the north-northeast of Traverse City, along the shore of Lake Michigan at the western side of the entrance to Grand Traverse Bay. The model was commissioned by the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum as part of their 150th anniversary celebration. The model measures approximately 30 inches in length, width and height. The scale is about 1"=2'. There are about 6000 LEGO parts in the model.

This is a close-up of the light tower, railing and cupola. The cupola is nine-sided, which made for a lot of fun finding a way to securely mount it.

The foundation of the original lighthouse is a bit wider than the walls above it. To model this feature, I had to place the foundation at a half-stud offset, in two dimensions, from the walls. This detail shows the connections between the exterior and interior plates, using a connector that included half-stud "jumpers" in two directions.

Three pictures of the walls. If you look closely, you will see that the inside ot the windows are set on a half-stud offset, horzintally. This allowed me to depict the green window frame without making it too thick, as a whole-stud width would have been. This required some messing around internally with more of the half-stud jumpers.

The actual lighthouse, for comparison.


  April 16, 2011
Very nice work.
  February 18, 2009
My son is doing a project on this lighthouse for school and has to build a model--he LOVES Legos and was so excited to see your creation!! I was trying to find an assortment of legos he could use to attempt this--have any suggestions? Thanks for the info!
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  July 5, 2008
AWESOME JOB MATE! This totally rocks!WELL DONE!
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  July 2, 2008
Very, very nice! It looks perfect to me, so smooth, so symmetric - impressive! The roofs look really good, too - a great way to substitue the two kinds of Lego slopes. Gre aus Deutschland, Steffen
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  July 1, 2008
Great build. I like the curved tops to some of the windows. See you at Brickfest next year?
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  July 1, 2008
that is just wonderful,and how about some pics of the interior?and it looks really fun to play with,but does it have detail in the inside,or is it all support?
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  July 1, 2008
In a word, it's beautiful !
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  July 1, 2008
Great attention to the scale of each part, nice work :)
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  July 1, 2008
looks great!great deatails.looks like the real lighthouse.
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