St. Joseph passes on Coast Guard house

St. Joseph commissioners Monday rejected a proposal to buy the historic lighthouse keeper’s house along the St. Joseph River, citing prohibitive costs.

ST. JOSEPH — Buying the historic lighthouse keeper’s house wasn’t such a bright idea after all, St. Joseph commissioners decided Monday.

“It’s a bridge too far,” Mayor Mike Garey said as commissioners balked at the expense of acquiring and renovating the brick duplex at 103 N. Pier St., now owned by the U.S. Coast Guard, and converting it into a visitor’s center and museum. “I can’t commit myself.”

St. Joseph passes on Coast Guard house

The St. Joseph lighthouse keeper’s house, near the North Pier, is shown in a photograph from 1914. The city passed on buying the house from the Coast Guard for possible use as a visitor’s center and museum.