Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Tesla'sTower, Wardenclyffe

I was pleased to hear the Tesla workshop at Wardenclyffe, near the shut Shoreham, NY nuclear plant and Brookhaven National Laboratory has been saved for a science museum. Designed by his friend the famous architect Stanford White, perhaps it might be listed in a national register of historic places too, as many of Stanford White's are. Years ago, the Suffolk County Archaeology Association considered it as a problem while I was there in grad school. An engineering student showed me the remains of Stanford White's windmill, (125' tall?) diagrammed in Scientific American as recall, on his north shore estate near Stony Brook, NY where he also designed a small church in the "shingle style". The windmill tower burned in the early 1960s, a landmark for those on the waters of the Long Island Sound for many years. Maybe he helped therefore to design Tesla's Tower. All that remains of the windmill are the cast in Baltimore iron stanchions once anchoring it to the ground, bulldozed over the "cliff".

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