Bogardus was born in Catskill, NY. He was a descendant of the second clergyman in New Netherland, Evardus Bogardus. His formal education ended at age 14, and he started an apprenticeship to a watchmaker.
The Cast Iron buildings he pioneered became a routine sight in New York, especially in areas such as SoHo, and TriBeCa.
A small park at the intersection of Chambers Street, West Broadway, and Hudson Street, in TriBeCa, Manhattan, is named in his honor.