#272 West Point Foundry


West Point Foundry

ASME President Richard Laudenat speaks during West Point Foundry designation, in the foreground of the 1865 Office Building.

A leading producer of ordinance to the U.S. Army and Navy during its years of operation, which included its production of the well-known Parrott gun for use during the Civil War, the West Point Foundry became a leader in American industrial engineering, design, and manufacturing for large marine and steam engines, mill equipment, sugar-refining machinery and other heavy capital goods under the leadership of merchant and industrialist Gouverneur Kemble.

The Foundry was home to a diversity of talented labor: ironworkers, draftsmen, engineers, and tradesmen, who played a significant role in building early generations of mechanical engineers in the U.S.

T. Arron Kotlensky, industrial archaeologist and researcher, discusses the site’s historic significance.

During its first two decades of existence, the Foundry expanded from approximately 60 skilled engineers to over 400. Currently, the Foundry is more intact than any of the other major industrial suppliers of capital good from the early years of American industrialization

Landmark Location

West Point Foundry Preserve
68 Kemble Avenue
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Visiting Info

Scenic Hudson
One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 200
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601
(845) 473-4440

Ceremony Date:

Oct. 5, 2019. Plaque presented by ASME President Richard Laudenat


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