Rally of Support for Preservation of Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Laboratory: “This Place Matters"


Jane Alcorn, President
Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe
(631) 929-8685

SHOREHAM, NY -- From Albany to Suffolk County and beyond, supporters of the proposed Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe are gathering at the site on Tesla Street and Route 25A in Shoreham on Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. to give voice to their desire to see Nikola Tesla’s last remaining laboratory preserved, and to have their photograph taken there for inclusion on the National Trust for Historic Preservation website.  Among the supporters expected to attend are NYS Senator Ken LaValle, NYS Assemblyman Marc Alessi, Suffolk County Legislators Dan Losquadro and Ed Romaine, Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko, Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Shoreham Civic President Kevin Ward, and many community residents.

The gathering of people is part of the campaign initiated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the month of May called “This Place Matters.”   People across America have identified important historic sites that deserve preservation in their communities, and are promoting and celebrating them through inclusion on the website.  The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe group has identified Tesla’s laboratory as a significant historic site.

The group has been working towards preservation of this important laboratory for over a decade.  It was designed for Tesla by his friend, renowned architect Stanford White, in the early part of the last century. Tesla is known for his patents on radio, alternating current generation, neon lighting, remote control, and many more.  At the Shoreham site, Tesla constructed a huge, 187-foot tower that was to be the centerpiece of a worldwide communications and energy transmission system.  It was a concept ahead of its time, but was never completed because Tesla lost his funding for the project.

“This site should be saved as part of the legacy Tesla left to the world. His inventions and achievements are just now beginning to be recognized and developed further.  His genius is finally being acknowledged,” said Gene Genova, vice president of the Tesla Science group.

“We call upon everyone who enjoys the fruits of Tesla’s work, which means everyone who uses electricity, to join us in working towards the preservation of this important landmark,” said Chris Wesselborg, secretary of Tesla Science Center.

“People all over the world are indebted to Tesla and his work for many of the technological advances we have today.  This is the last laboratory where he worked.  Every elected official representing this area, from the Town of Brookhaven to the Congress, understands this, and the importance of saving this site,” said Genova.

The property is owned by Agfa Corporation, which has placed it for sale.  The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe would like to raise the funds to purchase it, and has enlisted the aid of local representatives and supporters in negotiating for the property.  Agfa is asking $1.6 million for the 16-acre parcel.

The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe is an incorporated not-for-profit group that has been working towards the preservation of the Tesla laboratory, and its restoration and re-use as a science center and museum. For additional information, please contact Jane Alcorn, president of Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, or visit the website www.teslasciencecenter.org.