New Canal lighthouse cupola installed

New Orleans, La. - The New Canal Lighthouse has taken one big step closer to being fully rebuilt and restored.

The cupola will enclose the lighthouse light, and is the crowning architectural feature of the New Canal lighthouse.

Tuesday morning, it was hoisted 60 feet into the air with a 90-foot crane, and carefully placed for the first time on the newly rebuilt New Canal Lighthouse structure.

The cupola weighs nearly a ton, and was constructed of welded aluminum.  The cupola ball and finial were hand-cast using a sand mold and molten aluminum. The cupola will protect the Lighthouse light which will be installed after placement of the cupola.

In 2013, the Lighthouse will be opened to the public as the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center.