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James Bogardus Triangle

 
 
James Bogardus Triangle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2009
1. James Bogardus Triangle Marker
Inscription.  James Bogardus Triangle

James Bogardus (1800-1874) was an architect, engineer and inventor who devised the iron front building and the freestanding iron towers and shot towers that foretold the construction of the skyscraper as a building type. Bogardus built the world’s first iron-cast building (1849) at the northwest corner of Washington and Murray Streets. Two surviving Bogardus cast-iron buildings can be seen nearby at 75 Murray Street (1857) and 85 Leonard Street (1860).

David N. Dinkins, Mayor
New York City Department of Transportation
Lucius J. Riccio, Ph.D., P.E. Commissioner
 
Erected by New York City Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
 
Location. 40° 42.942′ N, 74° 0.555′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway and Chambers Street, on the right when traveling south on West Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson NY 12534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Bogardus Viewing Garden (within shouting
James Bogardus Triangle image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 25, 2009
2. James Bogardus Triangle
The marker is facing away from the camera on the foremost railing.
distance of this marker); Duane Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Duane Park (about 500 feet away); King's College (about 700 feet away); Headquarters (about 700 feet away); Icarus (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broadway-Chambers Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Historic American Building Survey Notes for the Edgar Laing Stores. Survey notes for the building, collected at the time of the building's destruction in the spring of 1971. (Submitted on January 24, 2019.) 
 
75 Murray Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 2009
3. 75 Murray Street
Originally, the Hopkins Store
85 Leonard Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1100
4. 85 Leonard Street
Originally, the Kitchen, Montross and Wilcox Store.
<i>View from southeast - Edgar Laing Stores, Washington & Murray Streets</i> image. Click for full size.
Jack Boucher (photo courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress), 1971
5. View from southeast - Edgar Laing Stores, Washington & Murray Streets
Possibly the world's first cast iron building, built in 1849, and shown here just prior to being torn down. In addition to this building, Bogardus had also previously displayed a cast-iron building prototype in 1847.
James Bogardus image. Click for full size.
unknown illustrator from a photograph by E.W. Bogardus (courtesy of the New York Public Library)
6. James Bogardus
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 23, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   5, 6. submitted on January 24, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 24, 2020