Thursday, August 21, 2008

Charles Steinmetz Cabin

One of the next structures put up in the Village contrasted sharply with the stately Giddings House: the cabin of Charles Steinmetz. Steinmetz (born 1865 in a Province of Prussia) built his summer cabin on the banks of Viele Creek, off the Mohawk River near Schenectady, New York in 1896. The noted electrical engineer enjoyed the seclusion of this little summer home until his death in 1923, where he read books and worked out many problems he had.According to Wikipedia, Steinmetz "fostered the development of alternating current that made possible the expansion of the electric power industry in the United States, formulating mathematical theories for engineers. He made ground-breaking discoveries that enabled engineers to better design electric motors for use in industry."
He is credited with more than one hundred electrical inventions.The cabin was presented to Henry Ford in 1930 and was in place that same year.
I find it interesting that such a genius preferred such simpleness.


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