Located at Simmons Island Beach, 50th St. and Lake Michigan, this lighthouse is sometimes referred to as the North Pier Lightouse. It was built in 1906 and stands 50 feet tall. This lighthouse is privately owned, but still serves as the active lighthouse for the Kenosha harbor.
Local Kenosha artist John Burhani purchased the lighthouse and used it as his art studio for a time, now his wife Heather McGee owns the lighthouse. In honor of her late husband's memory, McGee has enlisted the help of other local artists to turn the lighthouse into a work of art. During the summer of 2016, an artist in residence program will bring multiple artists to the lighthouse to paint portions of the lighthouse to create a mural of multiple works around the bottom 5 feet circumference. This portion of the art program is expected to be complete by July 2.
Continuing through the summer, artists will take up residence in the lighthouse and be able to use John's former studio as their own for set periods of time to create their own unique art in an incredible space. Additionally, an exhibition featuring the works of the late John Burhani will be on display at the Anderson Arts Center from June 12 through August 6, 2016.
Residents and visitors are welcome to approach the lighthouse to take photos with the iconic structure and the newly created art.