$850K pours into Tesla lab fundraising effort in just 6 days

08/24/2012 6:00 PM |

COURTSEY PHOTO | The Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham was built in 1901 by renowned architect Stanford White.

An online fundraising drive just launched to help a nonprofit group purchase the property around the former Tesla laboratory in Shoreham raised nearly $1 million after just six days.

Tesla Wardenclyffe Project, Inc. Courtesy Photo Nikola tesla

Tesla Wardenclyffe Project, Inc. Courtesy Photo
Nikola tesla

That figure is good enough to have already passed the group’s goal.

The campaign, called “Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum,” was organized in part by Matthew Inman, an artist who runs the popular webcomic “The Oatmeal.”

According to the fundraiser’s website, Mr. Inman hoped to raise $850,000, enough money to trigger a New York State grant that would add enough funds to purchase the roughly 16-acre property — currently listed at $1.6 million — to turn it into a museum dedicated to famed inventor Nikola Tesla.

As of Aug. 23, the campaign has raised more than $980,000 for the nonprofit.

Mr. Tesla, a contemporary rival of Thomas Edison and a pioneer in the use of alternating current, radio, and x-rays, conducted experiments at the Wardenclyffe laboratory, which was built in 1901 in Shoreham.

The property was leased to a photography company years after Mr. Tesla’s death. That company dumped waste on the property. Wardenclyffe was later purchased by an imaging company that is trying to sell the land.

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