The site commemorates not only the leader of an achievement that demanded the wisdom of forbearance from mankind but also the personal qualities he exemplified: breadth of intellect, integrity of purpose, humility in a time of glory, grace in the face of adversity, and a profound awareness of the implications of atomic weapons.
Today, if J. Robert Oppenheimer could walk into the modest cottage on Bathtub Row where he and his family lived during World War II, he would recognize it immediately. This jewel of the Manhattan Project properties has been well cared for by subsequent owners, who recognized the importance of the history that took place there.
Helene and Jerry Suydam generously donated the house to the Los Alamos Historical Society. Now it is our duty to ensure that the house does not deteriorate but receives the attention it needs in order to preserve it in perpetuity.
The Oppenheimer House Fund will support the urgent infrastructure needs of the house, including electrical upgrades, code and accessibility improvements, repair and rehabilitation, hazardous materials abatement, and a fire protection system. After these updates are complete, funds will support the development of innovative exhibits and ongoing maintenance.
The Oppenheimer House is destined to become a focal point for the Society in fulfilling its mission.
"Almost everyone knew that this job, if it were achieved, would be part of history, This sense of excitement, of devotion, and of patriotism, in the end, prevailed." - J. Robert Oppenheimer
Master's Cottage, 1942, Los Alamos Historical Archives
Oppenheimer entertains at his home, Los Alamos Historical Archive.
The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes, and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the global audience, and for future generations.