Kingfisher Tower

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Kingfisher Tower
Torre Kingfishers in 2006.jpg
Kingfisher Tower and Point Judith in 2006
TypeFolly
LocationNorth of Cooperstown, New York
Coordinates42°43′40″N 74°54′21″W / 42.7278521°N 74.9057086°W / 42.7278521; -74.9057086Coordinates: 42°43′40″N 74°54′21″W / 42.7278521°N 74.9057086°W / 42.7278521; -74.9057086[1]
Elevation1,201 ft (366 m)[1]
Height60 ft (18 m)
Built1876
ArchitectHenry J. Hardenbergh
Architectural style(s)Gothic Revival
Kingfisher Tower is located in New York
Kingfisher Tower
Location of Kingfisher Tower in New York
Kingfisher Tower is located in the United States
Kingfisher Tower
Kingfisher Tower (the United States)


Kingfisher Tower is a 60-foot-tall (18 m) folly, built by Edward Clark in 1876, on the eastern shore of Otsego Lake at Point Judith. It is located north of Cooperstown, New York near County Highway 31.[1][2] The tower was used in a scene in a movie in 1911.[3]

It is a Gothic Revival structure built by Clark "to beautify the lake" and "to provide construction jobs during an economic turndown". Clark made his fortune investing in Isaac Singer's sewing machine company, and the structure now belongs to his descendants. It is on private property and is usually approachable only from the lake. The structure was designed by architect Henry J. Hardenbergh.

Kingfisher Tower on Otsego Lake (New York) c. 1880.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kingfisher Tower". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  2. ^ "Point Judity". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  3. ^ "Cooperstown was a motion picture filming magnet in 1911". www.thedailystar.com/opinion. www.thedailystar.com/opinion. July 9, 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2019. data