James Laurie Monument – Completed
JAMES LAURIE (1811 – 1875)
Section 5, Lot 18
James Laurie, the founder and first president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, was born near Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to the United States in 1833 to work as an engineer on many early railroad projects in the Northeast.
Perhaps Laurie’s greatest work was the design of the bridge across the Connecticut River at Warehouse Point on the line of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. The bridge, which remained in use until the early 20th century, was a notable example of riveted bridge work with a span of more than 177 feet.
In 1912, the American Society of Civil Engineers established the James Laurie Prize and today it is awarded annually to the person who contributes the most to the advancement of transportation engineering.
Laurie, who never married, died in Hartford in 1875. New England Granite Works made the Westerly granite monument which features a bronze medallion of Laurie.
Recommended Conservation Treatment Completed: Conserve Art LLC cleaned the bronze portrait medallion and applied a protective coating to inhibit future deterioration. (Possible treatment to the bronze identification plaque is being evaluated.)