STATEMENT: The Tesla Science Center in Wardenclyffe, damaged by a serious fire

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STATEMENT: The Tesla Science Center in Wardenclyffe, damaged by a serious fire

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- Site of the last remaining laboratory of iconic inventor Nikola Tesla

- Center launches $3 million emergency fire restoration fund drive

SHOREHAM, N.Y., Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW), the last remaining laboratory of famous inventor Nikola Tesla, was damaged by a serious fire on the afternoon of November 21.

Located on a 16.5-acre site on Long Island, New York, the multi-building facility, listed on the National Historic Register, is undergoing extensive evaluation by engineers and local officials to determine the full scope of the fire-related damage.

To help cover fire repair costs, the Center has launched a $3 million international fundraising campaign on Indiegogo called the “Mission Rebuild” fund. (

More than 100 firefighters, from 17 local fire departments and ambulance departments, responded to the fire, which was completely extinguished the following morning.

Center officials had been preparing to begin a $20 million restoration and redevelopment of the historic laboratory complex. The $3 million Indiegogo "Mission Rebuild" fund will be separate from the ongoing redevelopment campaign.

“Everyone associated with the Tesla Science Center owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to the heroic first responders for their extraordinary courage and determination,” said TSCW CEO Marc Alessi. "We are immensely grateful for the commitment and bravery of our local firefighters."

TSCW's site engineer, the laboratory's historic architect, a structural engineering firm and several local agencies are now assessing the extent of the damage. Your analysis will help determine the specific impact of the fire on restoration plans.

“While we were prepared to begin a major renovation and restoration project,” Alessi said, “construction had not yet begun, saving us additional complexities at this stage.”

Alessi expressed relief that the overall structural integrity of the building, which dates back to 1901, appeared to have largely withstood the effects of the fire.

"The support and understanding of the public in these difficult times is invaluable," Alessi said. "If you've been inspired by Tesla's life and career, you can take action by participating in our 'Mission Rebuild' Indiegogo fundraising initiative.

"Together, we will navigate this crisis and emerge stronger, honoring the legacy of Nikola Tesla and the spirit of innovation, determination and resilience that this center embodies."

Nikola Tesla was the inventor of the motor that distributes alternating current (AC) electricity and many other innovations. AC electricity serves as the basis for the electrical grid system, which in turn allowed for the introduction of wi-fi, radio, remote controls, and robotics.

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About the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe

The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) is the last remaining laboratory of Nikola Tesla. TSCW first acquired the 16.5-acre property, designed by renowned architect Stanford White, and then began a restoration and redevelopment process. The restoration will transform the former working laboratory into a global innovation center, educational facility and museum.


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