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Governors Island, Overview, New York Harbor, New York, New York County, NY



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HB916971
Aerial View Of Governors Island, Looking North (taken From Helicopter)

HB916972
Aerial View Of Governors Island, Looking South (taken From World Trade Center)

HB916973
Aerial View Of Governors Island, Looking Southwest

HB916974
Aerial View Of Ferry Slip And Boat Docks, Looking North

HB916975
Aerial View Of Building #125 In New York Arsenal Complex, Northeast Corner Of Governors Island

HB916976
Aerial View Of Building #12, Looking Northwest (nolan Park In Background)

HB916977
Aerial View Of Nolan Park, Looking South

HB916978
Aerial View Of Northern End Of Governors Island, Looking Northwest

HB916979
View Of Ferry Slip At North End Of Governors Island

HB916980
View Of Barry Road, Looking North (rear Of Building #2 At Right Of Photo)

HB916981
View Of Andes Road, Looking West (buildings #2 And #25 At Right Of Photo)

HB916982
View Of Nolan Park, Looking South

HB916983
View Of Nolan Park, Looking Southwest

HB916984
Photocopy Of Map Of Governors Island, 1908, Drawn By J.m

HB916985
Photocopy Of Map Of Governors Island Showing Historical Trophy Positions, 1949


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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NY-5715
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-365).
National Register Number: 85002435
Significance: Governors Island derives it significance largely from its role as a major component. in the defense system of one of the country's most important harbors, New York Harbor. Defense works on the island can be dated with certainity as early as 1776. A major earthen work was constructed in the 1790s and later demolished. The present fortification, Fort Jay, a square four bastioned fort, and Castle Williams (building #501), a circular casemated work, erected under the Second American System of fortifications in the years preceding the War of 1812, were two of the harbor's largest defense works. Both structures, are fine examples of their types and exhibit excellent design. They are among an important and innovative period of American military construction. Both structures are on the National Register of Historic Places.The island is also significant for its role as a major Army administrative center for nearly a century. Beginning in 1878 when the Military Division of the Atlantic and the Department of the East were transferred to the island, the post served as headquarters for major Army commands until 1966. The last of these was the First United States Army, one of the country's most important field armies and the only one to fight in both WWI and WWII. The First Army was headquartered on Governors Island from 1933 to 1943 and again from 1946 to 1966 when the First Army headquarters was moved to Fort Meade, Maryland under a major Army reorganization. It is not headquarters for both the Third Coast Guard District and the Atlantic Area and is the largest Coast Guard base in the world.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. AERIAL VIEW OF GOVERNORS ISLAND, LOOKING NORTH (taken from helicopter)
2. AERIAL VIEW OF GOVERNORS ISLAND, LOOKING SOUTH (taken from World Trade Center)
3. AERIAL VIEW OF GOVERNORS ISLAND, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
4. AERIAL VIEW OF FERRY SLIP AND BOAT DOCKS, LOOKING NORTH
5. AERIAL VIEW OF BUILDING #125 IN NEW YORK ARSENAL COMPLEX, NORTHEAST CORNER OF GOVERNORS ISLAND
6. AERIAL VIEW OF BUILDING #12, LOOKING NORTHWEST (Nolan Park in Background)
7. AERIAL VIEW OF NOLAN PARK, LOOKING SOUTH
8. AERIAL VIEW OF NORTHERN END OF GOVERNORS ISLAND, LOOKING NORTHWEST
9. VIEW OF FERRY SLIP AT NORTH END OF GOVERNORS ISLAND
10. VIEW OF BARRY ROAD, LOOKING NORTH (Rear of Building #2 at right of photo)
11. VIEW OF ANDES ROAD, LOOKING WEST (Buildings #2 and #25 at right of photo)
12. VIEW OF NOLAN PARK, LOOKING SOUTH
13. VIEW OF NOLAN PARK, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
14. PHOTOCOPY OF MAP OF GOVERNORS ISLAND, 1908, DRAWN BY J.M. HILTON
15. PHOTOCOPY OF MAP OF GOVERNORS ISLAND SHOWING HISTORICAL TROPHY POSITIONS, 1949


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