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James Bogardus

Born: Mar 14, 1800

Death: Apr 13, 1874

Birthplace: Catskill

Nationality: United States

James Bogardus

Date of Birth : Mar 14, 1800
Date of Death : Apr 13, 1874
Birth Place : Catskill

James Bogardus was an American inventor and architect, the pioneer of American cast-iron architecture, for which he took out a patent in 1850. In the next two decades he demonstrated the use of cast-iron in the construction of building facades, especially in New York City, where he was based, but also in Washington, DC, where three cast-iron structures erected by Bogardus in 1851 were the first such constructions in the capital. The success of the cast-iron exteriors from 1850-1880 led to the adoption of steel-frame construction for entire buildings. Born in Catskill, New York, Bogardus quit school at the age of fourteen to start an apprenticeship at a watchmaker. Bogardus attached plaques to his cast-ironwork that read: "James Bogardus Originator & Patentee of Iron Buildings Pat' May 7, 1850." He married Margaret McClay. A small park in TriBeCa, where Chambers Street, Hudson Street and West Broadway intersect is named James Bogardus Triangle. He was a descendant of the Rev. Everardus Bogardus, the second clergyman in the New Netherlands. Bogardus died in New York City aged 74. Bogardus is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

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