Menlo Park Laboratory

Summary

When Edison moved to Menlo Park, New Jersey in spring of 1876 the laboratory building contained his entire operation -- a handful of collaborators, office, library, and machine shop as well as laboratory. As the scale of Edison's investigations grew so did the complex, but this building -- dedicated to experimental activities -- was always understood to be the heart of the enterprise.

When Edison moved to Menlo Park, New Jersey in spring of 1876 the laboratory building contained his entire operation -- a handful of collaborators, office, library, and machine shop as well as laboratory. As the scale of Edison's investigations grew so did the complex, but this building -- dedicated to experimental activities -- was always understood to be the heart of the enterprise.

Artifact

Laboratory

Date Made

1929

Subject Date

1876-1883

Creators

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village 

Cutler, Edward James, 1882-1961 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Built in 1929 in Greenfield Village by architect Edward J. Cutler as a reproduction of the original Menlo Park Laboratory. Some structural elements from original complex in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Edison at Work District

Object ID

29.3048.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Glass (Material)
Metal

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