Dear Ms. Betsworth:

I understand that Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe site is being considered for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and wish to express my strong support for this nomination as it makes its way before the NYS Division for Historic Preservation.

As the last existing laboratory of one of the world’s greatest scientists and humanitarians, Wardenclyffe is a site of remarkable historic significance. Nikola Tesla’s discoveries include such monumental advancements as alternating current (A/C) electricity, the induction motor, x-ray technology, fluorescent lighting, radio, and wireless technology. This last invention was the focus of Nikola Tesla’s work at Wardenclyffe from 1901 to 1906, and culminated in the construction of a 187-foot wireless transmitting tower which was erected in front of Wardenclyffe laboratory.

Both the brick laboratory and tower were built by Tesla’s friend, world renowned architect Stanford White, further adding to the site’s historic value. Although the tower was dismantled in 1917 due to financial hardship, the large octagonal tower base remains, as does the original brick lab building.

Wardenclyffe is being preserved and developed into a science center for education and research that will honor Nikola Tesla and continue his legacy of advancing science for the betterment of humankind. Inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places will help ensure Wardenclyffe’s preservation and future as a place of national and international importance. Thank you for considering this property.


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