Whiskey Island Coast Guard



Whiskey Island Coast Guard Station

Where: Cleveland, Ohio

When: 2006

Status: Standing in very poor condition.


This one had been on my to-do list for quite some time. I meant to visit this station on the same day that I visited Euclid Beach but I wasn't able to find it in the fog, haze, and snow.

Fast forward a year and a few months and here we are. I found myself in Cleveland with an entire day off of work ahead of me. I headed down town, and after getting lost several times, I found my way down toward the Whiskey Island Coast Guard Station. I say I found my way toward it because even once I had found the place, I still couldn't find the place. The plus side to this was that I found a nice abandoned hotel up the road a ways.

The path leading back to the building.

As it ends up, the Station sits off the end of an inlet near the flats. I parked at Wendy Park and ventured out toward the station not knowing if I'd be able to get to it or not. It ended up being really easy once I found the little pier/walkway. There was one sign that I had to ignore and a fence I had to bypass a little, but with relative ease I found myself headed out to the station.

View from the top of the lighthouse.

The station was built in the 40's with an art deco theme and was used as a Coast Guard station up until the 1970's when it was closed. The land was later sold to a development company that made it in to an eatery and night club. That didn't last too long at all due to the difficulty of getting out to the club (there is no drivable road). The club closed and the building has been vacant ever since. I did find some menus and recipts in the base of the lighthouse section for a place called the Island at the coast guard station.

The building is in horrible condition. I can't express how poor the condtion was, but I can tell you that this was the most worried for my safety I've ever been in terms of building collapse. There was one time that a section of roof gave way slightly, and another time that the wall I tried to support myself with began to fall over... it was supporting other stuff. It was absolutely unfit for visiting in most sections. I sucked it up, and I did it all for you.

For quite some time it seemed that the lighthouse section would be off limits. It appeared to have been blocked off by the renovations for the club. This was not the case. Before long I found the right section of the building and I headed on up. This part of the building was more stable, but still in poor condition.

The view from many parts of the building is amazing. How the park hasn't fixed this up for tours and such is beyond me. It has to be one of the best views of the city. The photos don't do it justice at all.

I clearly wasn't the fist person to visit the building, but there were no signs of people living in there or anything like that.

The lighthouse and main entrance.

So there really isn't a lot more to stay. I'd keep far away from this one if you care at all for the current shape of your head. I've expressed danger with other buildings, but this one is unreal. The base of the tower was infested with flies... thousands. They were all over me, but again... I do it all for you, the reader.

Anyway, here are a few more pictures and the gallery is linked at the bottom.

The base of the lighthouse
The Eastern Wing.
Inside the former garage area.
The garage area.
The Lighthouse.
The main building. Note the shape. This place is really amazing.


More pictures can be found in the gallery here.