Margate harbour, Kent

Lighting the Way 

Images of Lighthouses from the RIBA Collections

Of the many navigational aids lighthouses are perhaps the most symbolic and, frequently by virtue of the need to construct them in wild and rugged locations, some of the most challenging to build.

This article about five very different lighthouses from 1543 to 1960 is accompanied by the gallery below showing the wide range of images of lighthouses held in the RIBA Collections.

All of the images are available to download, purchase or license as well as other images here with a nautical theme.  

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RIBA4391Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays, Trafford Park, Greater Manchester: close-up of the aluminium cladding and the Air Shard behind

 
RIBA4392Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays, Trafford Park, Greater Manchester: close-up of the aluminium cladding and the Air Shard

 
RIBA4393Secretariats, New Delhi: wide-angle view of the Government Courts


RIBA4394Design for the Council House, New Delhi

 
RIBA4395Secretariats, New Delhi: the recessed entrance to the north block on Government Court

 
RIBA4396Imperial Delhi, India: index plan of layout


RIBA4397Delhi, India: unidentified aerial view, possibly "Temporary Delhi", of the Imperial Secretariat with circular walled site in background

 
RIBA4398Racecourse and Tomb of Safdarjungh, Delhi

 
RIBA4399Council House, New Delhi, under construction


RIBA4400Council House, New Delhi

 
RIBA4401Secretariats, North Block, New Delhi: the "topping-out" ceremony 30 September, 1927

 
RIBA4402Secretariats, New Delhi: plan of formal Indian garden


RIBA4403Great Place, New Delhi: a bullock and cart and a motor car passing through the columned entrance

 
RIBA4404Council House under construction, New Delhi: view from the Secretariat North Block

 
RIBA4405Public swimming baths, Putney, London


RIBA4406Public swimming baths, Putney, London: the recreation rooms over the car park

 
RIBA4407Public swimming baths, Putney, London: the public entrance and reception areas

 
RIBA4409Kettle's Yard, Northampton Street, Cambridge


RIBA4410Kettle's Yard, Northampton Street, Cambridge

 
RIBA4411Model of an arch from the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool

 
RIBA4412Odeon cinema, Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London: the auditorium seen from circle right


RIBA4414Quincy Market, Boston, Massachusetts

 
RIBA4415Northland Shopping Center, Detroit

 
RIBA4416Sir Denys Lasdun with Philip Wood looking at the model of the library extension for the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)


RIBA4417Royal National Theatre, South Bank, London, seen from the Embankment

 
RIBA441832 Newton Road, Paddington, London: Kaye and Ronald Searle's Change of address card

 
RIBA441932 Newton Road, Paddington, London: the street facade


RIBA442032 Newton Road, Paddington, London: the balcony of the studio on the third floor overlooking Newton Road

 
RIBA4422Philip Webb

 
RIBA4424St Paul's Cathedral, City of London: the dome seen from the north transept


RIBA4426Professor George Aitchison

 
RIBA4427Bar Zilli, Sematat Avenue / Beirut Street, Asmara

 
RIBA4428Bar Crispi, Denden Street, Asmara