Saturday, August 21, 2010
Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower, Shoreham, LI, NY
The tower was named for James S. Warden who bought the property and offered 200 acres to Tesla which would house the laboratory and the wireless communication tower.
Tesla planned out Wardenclyffe in 1898 and construction began on the main building in 1901 by famed architect Stanford White. The tower was designed by an associate of White's, W.D Crow. Originally backed by millionaires J.P. Morgan and John Jacob Astor, Tesla moved all his equipment from his Houston Street lab in NY to Long Island in 1902. By 1904, as the project neared completion, last minute changes to the tower were required as it was still not functional. This caused construction costs to skyrocket and went far beyond the budget that was set by Morgan. When he realized that there was no money to be gained, Morgan pulled out of the project, blackballed Tesla and discouraged other financiers from contributing to this project and any other project of Tesla's in the future.
As we neared the ruins this time, we found that AGFA had put the land up for sale yet again. We did not know the date until we read the Wikipedia article that I have included in the my usual links at the bottom of the page. In 1976, Wardenclyffe Tower was nominated to be made a National Historic Site, but is being held up for a number of reasons. As of 2010, the site is crumbling and overgrown as you can see by the pic below
update January 1, 2014
Revisited Wardenclyffe and saw some dramatic changes. Now called the Tesla Science Center, supporters from all over Long Island and Serbia have made this clean up possible. The Christmas tree circle mark the area where the tower once stood. A statue of Nikola Tesla stands inside the gated iron fence. The woman in the picture, Annie Lipton, took a long drive to visit this particular building, a Long Island oddity. Rob, Sue and I give credit to all those who took part in saving this beautiful building and the property it sits on. We now eagerly await the opening of what looks to be a interesting and wonderful museum.
Here are the links:
This is a great video on Nikola Tesla. Enjoy! It's not the best quality, but stick with it