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.