Saturday, August 23, 2008

Latimer House joins Historic House Trust

The Lewis Latimer House in Flushing has officially joined the Historic Housing Trust, the city Parks Department announced last week.

The move transfers the landmarked home, at 34-31 137th St., from the control of the city Cultural Affairs Department to the Parks Department, a move which could open up more funding possibilities for the historic home of inventor Lewis Latimer.

As an official member of the trust, Parks will now collaborate on the house's conservation, interpretation, promotion and property along with the current operator, the Lewis H. Latimer Fund Inc.

The petite Queen Anne-style home was constructed in the late 1880s and home to Latimer from 1903 until his death in 1928. The house remained in the Latimer family until the 1960s and was threatened with demolition in the 1980s until receiving its landmark status and being moved from its original home on Holly Avenue.

Latimer House in Flushing now under historic trust


Anonymous said...

If an RFE was submitted to Tierney-Betts & Co to landmark this house now, it most likely wouldn't fly. Queens is being discriminated against, and the only way to defeat the LPC is by having a new mayor (Avella) & a new chairman (Avella's reputable colleague with the proper credentials & a heart). The LPC doesn't meet our criteria for good judgement and democracy.

Anonymous said...


Considering all that is getting torn down of far more importance,


I guess the Dragon Boat docks are next.