Thomas Edison Battery Building Coming Back to Life

Built in 1913, the Edison battery manufacturing facility dominated the Thomas A. Edison industrial landscape at his legendary West Orange site. His batteries were used all over the world in a myriad of applications–probably Edison’s most successful and maybe his most profitable product. Constructed from the same Edison Portland Cement formulation he used to build all his West Orange buildings (and the same formulation he sold to NYC to build Yankee Stadium), the landmark building is now being lovingly converted to apartments to be named Edison Village.

Old battery building shown at right of main gate and invention factory

Old battery building shown at right of main gate and invention factory

Prism Capital Partners in 2016 launched construction for Edison Village, encompassing 21 acres on Main Street, in the heart of West Orange Township’s Downtown Redevelopment Area. The first phase of the project is highlighted by the adaptive reuse of the Historic Thomas Edison Battery Building and will contain approximately 334 residential units, 18,400 square feet of retail and a 630-space parking structure.

Prism artist rendering of renovated portion of battery building and commercial store fronts-

Prism artist rendering of renovated portion of battery building and commercial store fronts-

Prism is now in discussions with the Edison Innovation Foundation to incorporate an Edison motif into the building which can include the licensing of artifacts, photos and other Edison materials, and can also involve potentially new Edison invoking objects. Use of available space in the renovated building for special Edison presentations and gatherings is also being discussed.

Thomas Edison said, “I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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3 Comments

  1. Thomas Edison really change life, without battery we can’t do anything, to reserve power it is very necessary invention.

  2. Morgan Iat says:

    I was just looking at another post on your site and the title of this one jumped out at me from the sidebar.

    After reading it, for the first time ever – and I’m speaking as someone who works with innovators for a living – I spent a few minutes pondering on the incredible advance this was and how it must have changed lives more than 100 years ago. Just incredible.

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