Group Seeks to Purchase Long Island Site of Nikola Tesla’s Laboratory, Create Museum
In 1901, Tesla purchased 200 acres on Long Island’s north shore from James Warden. These 200 acres were part of an 1,800 acre potato farm along what is today Route 25A in Shoreham, NY. The site became known as Wardenclyffe, after the former owner. Here, Tesla established what would become his only remaining laboratory building…
The purpose of the Wardenclyffe laboratory was the establishment of a wireless telegraphy plant. The prestigious architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White was contracted to design the laboratory and transmitter tower (187 feet high above ground and 120 feet deep below ground level). Stanford White became the architect for the building.
Tesla’s plan had the initial backing of the financier J. P. Morgan…
During the last week of July 1903, residents around the Shoreham site experienced what was to be the only testing of Tesla’s equipment at this facility. Several days after these tests, his dream was destroyed when creditors from Westinghouse confiscated his heavier equipment for nonpayment for services rendered. In addition, James Warden sued Tesla for nonpayment of back taxes.
In 1917, the 187-foot tower was destroyed by dynamite explosion as ordered by the U.S. government. It was demolished the same year by the Smiley Steel Company.
More information about the Tesla Science Center at: http://www.teslasciencecenter.org/
Because the project represents New York History, the preservation of Historic Architecture, and the liberating potential of science and technology, I have contributed to the campaign in memory of my father, Paul Spencer Byard.
(via Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum — Indiegogo)