Saturday, November 24, 2007

A dying breed in Brooklyn

From the Brooklyn Eagle: A Dying Breed: The Dutch Farmhouses of Brooklyn

Pictured: The Jeromus Lott House in Flatlands was at one point owned by Frederick Boyd Stevenson of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He purchased the house and moved it to the northwest corner of Coleman Street and Avenue P, remodeled it and lived in it until his death. It was then demolished.

Hopefully there are now luxury condos there.


Anonymous said...

How many old Dutch farmhouses does Queens have left?

Anonymous said...

None really, Queens was settled by mostly British settlers.

Lent-Riker is Dutch, and Bowne House is British, and date from the 1600s.

There may be a scattering of homes from the 1700s in Maspeth.

The largest concentration of buildings from the 1700s is in Old Astoria Village, a place that Goodwill Industries insists on whitewashing its identity away by calling it a bogus 'Two Coves.' Maps from the time of the British occupation show buildings that are occupied today with stuctures in the same footprint.

Middletown at 46th St and Newtown Road has a few buildings (including perhaps a school from 1720) from the 18th century (one oldie just got torn down two months ago)

Anonymous said...

Middletown and Old Astoria are both in CB1, the community board from hell.

The Neanderthals on that board would pave over Plymouth Rock for Queens Crap.

Anonymous said...

Onderdonk House is one - the only thing original is the basement.

Anonymous said...

Kingsland House
(home of the Queens Historical Society)
is a hybrid Dutch/English
structure from the mid 1700s.