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Site of the Founding Meeting of ASCE on November 5, 1852

New York, New York

Claim to Fame: When the twelve founders of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects gathered at the Croton Aqueduct on November 5, 1852, and agreed to incorporate the new organization, they laid a foundation for what proved to be one of the most prominent engineering societies in the world.

The 12 Founding Members of ASCE:

Julius W. Adams
J.W. Ayres
Alfred W. Craven
Thomas A. Emmet
Edward Gardiner
Robert B. Gorsuch
G.S. Greene
James Laurie
W.H. Morell
S.S. Post
W.H. Sidell
W.H. Talcott

On October 23rd, 1852 a notice was sent to practitioners of civil engineering in and near New York City requesting their participation in developing an association that would serve the professionals who design and construct America's built environment. Twelve men responded to this invitation, meeting on November 5 in the office of Alfred W. Craven, chief engineer of the Croton Aqueduct  Department. These men became the founders of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects, later renamed the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). They laid the foundation for what has become one of the most prominent engineering societies in the world, with a mission to advance professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering across the globe..

ASCE remained headquartered in New York City for 144 years. However, to position the organization at the crossroads of global commerce and power, the association moved to the Washington, DC area in 1996.