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Carrying tools and supplies, workers file off their boat onto the Angels Gate breakwater as the sun comes up. Ringed with scaffolding and plastic sheeting the 99-year-old lighthouse at the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor was refurbished and made watertight.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Condensation frames a worker as he looks at the sea from the lighthouse's dome shortly after sunrise.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Laboring inside the plastic protective sheeting, workers manhandle heavy cast-iron trim into place as they refurbish the Angels Gate lighthouse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

A fishing boat passes the Angels Gate lighthouse while it was still surrounded by scaffolding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Allan Johnson of the Cabrillo Beach Boosters Club runs his hand over a rusted iron wall of the Angels Gate Lighthouse at the mouth of Los Angeles Harbor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

A worker applies galvanizing zinc spray to the cast iron trim of the Angels Gate lighthouse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

The Angels Gate lighthouse was showing its more than 90 years in May 2010, but Allan Johnson and the Cabrillo Beach Boosters Club helped in an effort to refurbish it.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Newly refurbished, the southeast corner of the structure was the most weathered because it faces the open sea and gets the worst of the sun, ocean spray and rain.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Miguel Nunez touches up spot on iron fence around the top of the Angels Gate lighthouse in Los Angeles Harbor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Crews carry away the final tools and materials used to refurbish the Angels Gate lighthouse. More than $1.8 million was spent repainting and shoring up its weathered exterior.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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The Angels Gate lighthouse’s signature vertical black stripes, which can be seen from Santa Catalina Island on a clear day, gleamed a little brighter on Wednesday after an extensive restoration project.

On the eve of an unveiling for dignitaries, including U.S. Coast Guard brass, a group of San Pedro civic leaders made a final inspection of the improvements to the cast-iron, wood and stucco tower that rears 73 feet into the air above the end of the breakwater, two miles offshore.

“Ain’t she pretty?” asked Alan Johnson of the Cabrillo Beach Boosters Club, brushing his fingers across the octagonal base of the structure that has shined its reassuring beacon for coastal skippers entering Los Angeles Harbor for 99 years.

Read Louis Sahagun’s article: Angels Gate lighthouse gleams anew at L.A. Harbor

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