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Description of Subject Matter: Who was James Bogardus?
Bogardus Garden was named after renowned 19th century pioneer of cast-iron architecture, James Bogardus. It was the success of Bogardus’ cast iron structures that ultimately lead to the widespread adoption of steel frame building construction still used in modern-day skyscrapers.
In the 1970s and 80s, Bogardus’ work garnered a following of local cast-iron enthusiasts including famed preservationist, Margot Gayle. Gayle hosted walking tours throughout lower Manhattan originating from this once small, concrete traffic island she later lobbied to have named in Bogardus' honor.
From Traffic Triangle to Garden
Over the years, with the help of several different community groups and volunteers, the litter-filled traffic triangle bearing Bogardus’ name was transformed into the gated garden that stands today. Under the management of the Friends of Bogardus Garden, this important green space in TriBeCa is thriving and evolving with each passing year.
From Garden to Pedestrian Plaza
In 2010, the NY Department of Transportation (DOT) planned to close Hudson Street between Reade and Chambers streets for the 3-year Chambers Street Reconstruction Project. But, rather than turn the small stretch of Hudson Street adjacent to Bogardus Garden into a holding area for construction equipment, DOT agreed to partner with FBG to transform the street into a temporary pedestrian plaza. With tables, chairs and planters provided by DOT, plus donations from the community and local businesses, FBG created a temporary plaza. FBG maintained the site and hosted free community events in the spring and fall. By the end of 2011, Community Board One voted in support of keeping the plaza and making it a permanent part of the community.
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BOGARD_160914_01.JPG: The James Bogardus Viewing Garden
James Bogardus (1800-1847) was an architect, engineer and inventor who devised iron-front buildings and freestanding iron fire and shot towers that foretold the construction of the skyscraper as a building type. Bogardus built the first cast iron building (1849) at the corner of Washington and Murray Streets. Two nearby surviving Bogardus cast-iron buildings can be seen at 75 Murray Street (1857) and 85 Leonard Street (1860).
The James Bogardus Viewing Garden, dedicated in 1996, is a community project maintained by Friends of Bogardus Triangle of the Tribeca Community Associations, 76 Laight Street, New York 10013. Your support and participation is welcome.
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2016 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Seven relatively short trips this year:
a Civil War Trust conference in Gettysburg, PA,
a trip out west for San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Utah, Nevada, and California),
a quick trip to Michigan for Uncle Wayne's funeral,
a trip to West Point, NY for another Civil War Trust conference (visiting Manhattan on the way),
two two-day return trips to Manhattan, NY, and
a Civil Rights site trip to Alabama during the November elections. Being in places where people died to preserve the rights of minority voters made the Trumputin election even more depressing.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 610,000.