Friday, July 10, 2015

Bowne House visitors center being designed

From the Times Ledger:

The long-awaited visitor’s center for the historic Bowne House in Flushing is currently in its design phase, according to the city Department of Parks and Recreation.

The 1,250-square-foot center, which will be on the southeast corner of the property and face the 17th century house, located at 37-01 Bowne St., will consist of a gallery and education space, accessible restrooms and an office for the administration of the property.

The center’s location on the southeast corner is intended to limit views of the center from Bowne Street and allow for views of the house from inside the new gallery space.

The Parks Department said it anticipates having a final design for the center by early fall.

The department initially planned to break ground on the center this spring but decided to hire specialized consultants given that the project is taking place on a historically sensitive site, a Parks spokeswoman said.


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Anonymous said...

Tough to maintain these old houses-- you need to build and staff ancillary buildings/visitor centers-- and that requires funding. It's amazing to me that the King mansion in Jamaica is still standing, having survived the "Bad Old Days". Also, the Jumel Mansion and Hamilton Grange uptown.

Anonymous said...

It will feature a bronze bust of Rosemary Vietor. LOL...a wannabee Bowne descendent?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone want to place a bet on what this "visitor center" will wind up costing after all the consultants and studies and construction? All they need is a ticket office and two Ada accessible bathrooms but I'll bet the price tag runs to 1.5 or 2 million easy. Anyone want to venture a guess? We are doomed