Saturday, February 15, 2014
Does this house in Jamaica date back to 1799?
"Here's a Queens gem for you. Have you ever heard of Keteltas Manor? According to photographer Matthew X. Kiernan, the colonial-period mansion built in 1799 is still standing at 88-35 144th Street in Jamaica. This building has had numerous renovations over the centuries and the City Map lists its completion as 1935.
Its original owner, Rev. Abraham Keteltas was a Revolutionary but also a slave owner. Its current owner is Deokallie Loknauth. Being located on a corner, I can imagine developers salivating over the thought of demolishing Keteltas Manor.
So let's fight for it while it has a chance!
Keteltas is a descendant of Huguenot French settlers. He is buried in Prospect Cemetery."
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