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Battery 220 & Battery Kessler at Fort Tilden

Gateway National Recreation Area, NY/NJ


Located on Rockaway Beach on Long Island, Fort Tilden was established in 1917 and slowly developed from a temporary installation to a permanent one with two batteries equipped with 6" guns (later known as Battery 220 and Battery Kessler) and one battery with 16" guns (Battery Harris). The fort was part of a network of coastal fortifications in the New York City area and New Jersey established to protect the New York Harbor and staffed by various companies of the Coast Artillery Corps. These animations allow users to 'virtually visit' these inaccessible World War II-era gun batteries, created from terrestrial laser scan point data and 3D models generated during the documentation project.

Project information: Heritage Documentation Programs (Richard O’Connor, Chief) completed the Fort Tilden Recording Project at the request of Gateway National Recreation Area (Marilou Ehrler, Chief of Cultural Resources) in 2016-2017. Heritage Documentation Programs (HDP) staff architects Dana Lockett and Ryan Pierce undertook the fieldwork and completed the measured drawings. HDP staff photographer Jarob Ortiz produced the large-format photographs. Staff historian Justine Christianson wrote the historical report. Animations produced by Ryan Pierce.

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