A million-dollar question

The historic lighthouse keeper’s house, which the city of St. Joseph is considering buying from the Coast Guard, will need around $1 million in repairs and renovations over the next five to 10 years, city commissioners were told Monday. It has been proposed for use as a museum and cultural center.

ST. JOSEPH — If St. Joseph decides to purchase the historic lighthouse keeper’s house from the Coast Guard, it’s going to be a bit of a fixer-upper, with an estimated price tag of around $1 million over several years for repairs and renovations, commissioners learned Monday.

Earlier this year the city submitted a letter of intent expressing interest in buying the house at 103 N. Pier St., along the St. Joseph River, for use as a cultural and historical center. The duplex was built in 1908, around the time the lighthouses were erected, and was used as a dwelling for the lighthouse keeper, family members and assistants. It was later acquired by the Coast Guard and used as housing, but was vacated several years ago.