W. & L. E. Gurley Building

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W. & L. E. Gurley Building
Gurley Building Wade.jpg
View from southwest, 2008
W. & L. E. Gurley Building is located in New York
W. & L. E. Gurley Building
Location Troy, NY
Coordinates 42°43′56.52″N 73°41′17.93″W / 42.7323667°N 73.6883139°W / 42.7323667; -73.6883139Coordinates: 42°43′56.52″N 73°41′17.93″W / 42.7323667°N 73.6883139°W / 42.7323667; -73.6883139
Built 1862
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 70000432
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 5, 1970[1]
Designated NHL May 4, 1983[2]

The W. & L. E. Gurley Building, in Troy, New York, United States, is a classical revival structure that housed the W. & L. E. Gurley Company, a maker of precision measuring instruments, from its construction in 1862.[3] The company, run by William Gurley and his brother, Lewis Ephraim, was a leader in the field, and published a regularly updated manual of instruments and their operations. The company was acquired by Teledyne Company in the 1960s,[4] and was sold again in 1993 and continues as Gurley Precision Instruments today.

The building was built in "an amazing feat of construction" in just 8 months to replace the previous building, which burned in the Great Troy Fire of 1862.[3] The company was then engaged in producing military products for the American Civil War, which included "brass fuse-plugs for naval projectiles and an improved type of brass trimming for saddle trees."[3]

The building is a four-story red brick building, U-shaped around a small courtyard. A foundry was at ground level on the north side of the courtyard.

The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1983.[2][3] The building is currently rented by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and houses its Lighting Research Center, which moved there in 2000,[5] and a few acoustics labs associated with the school of architecture. Gurley Precision Instruments still occupies the first floor of the building and the entire building directly across the street.

It is located on Fulton Street between 5th and Union Streets in Troy.

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  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "W. & L.E. Gurley Building". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d George R. Adams (November 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: W. & L.E. Gurley Building" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 6 photos, 5 exterior and 1 interior, from 1977 and c.1970 PDF (1.53 MB)
  4. ^ "W. & L.E. Gurley Building HAER No. NY-13". Historic American Engineering Record. 1969. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Lighting Research Center: New Light For Historic Gurley Building". Rensselaer Magazine. 2000. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 

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