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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RIBA2619-13Buoys at Harwich, Essex

RIBA2620-13House for Mr and Mrs J Wendon, Barton, Cambridgeshire

RIBA2621-13Flat, Regents Park Road, London: bathroom capsule

RIBA2622-13Queen's Inclosure Middle School, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Hampshire: the central spine corridor seen from the playground

RIBA2623-13White House, 72 Downage, Hendon, London

RIBA2624-13Luxmore Bridge, Eton College, Berkshire

RIBA2625-14City of London seen from Waterloo Bridge downriver to Blackfriars Bridge and beyond

RIBA2626-14Israel Goldstein Synagogue, Givat Ram Campus, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

RIBA2627-14Tyne Bridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

RIBA2629-14Basel Cathedral: the equestrian statue of St George impaling the dragon at the base of St George's tower (Georgsturm)

RIBA2631-14Louvre, Paris: the north wing of the New Louvre under construction

RIBA2632-14Odeon cinema, Leicester Square, London, seen from the south

RIBA2633-14Skylon and the Dome of Discovery at night, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London

RIBA2634-14Municipal Airport, Ramsgate

RIBA2637-14Cape Cinema, Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

RIBA2638-1416 Audley Way, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex

RIBA2639-14Single airship sheds, Friedrichshafen

RIBA2640-14Ford Pavilion, Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago, seen at night

RIBA2641-14Marseille Matin cinema, Marseille, at night

RIBA2642-14Shop for Kodak Limited, 40 West Strand, London: hoarding on street front during construction

RIBA2643-14Saltdean Lido, East Sussex

RIBA2645-14Daily Express Building, 120-129 Fleet Street, City of London: the entrance hall

RIBA2646-14Isokon Flats, Lawn Road, Hampstead, London: the kitchen

RIBA2647-14Factory for Brynmawr Rubber Company, Brynmawr, Gwent

RIBA2648-14Penguin Pool, Dudley Zoo, Dudley Castle

RIBA2650-15Snowdon Aviary, London Zoo, Regent's Park, London

RIBA2652-15Pravda newspaper building, Moscow: the main facade of the editorial building

RIBA2655-15Habitat shop at night, Fulham Road, London

RIBA2656-15Lord Cottenham's flat, Cadogan Lane, Belgravia, London

RIBA2657-15Professor Arthur George Ling

RIBA2658-15Samuel Sanders Teulon

RIBA2659-15Duplex flat, Highpoint Two, North Hill, Highgate, London: the spiral staircase

RIBA2660-15'Skyscraper' fishermen's sheds, the Stade, Hastings