Historic House Trust of New York City

Historic House Trust of New York City The Historic House Trust of New York City in partnership with NYC Parks, advocates for, promotes, and provides expertise to preserve 23 publicly owned historic sites located throughout the city’s five boroughs.
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Twenty nine years ago, Mayor Edward I. Koch and Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern gathered at Gracie Mansion with preservationists, historians, architects, and others to announce the creation of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Mary Ellen Hern became the Trust’s first Executive Director and 18 prominent and committed citizens joined the Trust’s Board of Directors, 11 of whom are still on the board today. At that time, the 15 historic houses in the City’s collection suffered from decay, improper maintenance, or inappropriate restoration treatments. One by one, the Trust worked with the individual nonprofit organizations that operate the properties to address these structural needs. Over time we have expanded the services we provide to the houses, offering guidance on restoration, curatorial, and education projects. Today, the Trust’s collection has grown to 23 historic sites across the five boroughs, ranging from modest farmers’ cottages to grand mansions. The sites now thrive as cultural institutions that represent New York City’s colorful history and attract more than 700,000 visitors annually, some 480,000 of whom are New York City schoolchildren. The 29th Anniversary is both an opportunity to celebrate our past achievements and a reminder that there is still much to do to ensure that these houses will continue to enrich the city’s cultural life well into the future. We hope you will join us as we celebrate this year and experience our City’s historic treasures!

Twenty nine years ago, Mayor Edward I. Koch and Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern gathered at Gracie Mansion with preservationists, historians, architects, and others to announce the creation of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Mary Ellen Hern became the Trust’s first Executive Director and 18 prominent and committed citizens joined the Trust’s Board of Directors, 11 of whom are still on the board today. At that time, the 15 historic houses in the City’s collection suffered from decay, improper maintenance, or inappropriate restoration treatments. One by one, the Trust worked with the individual nonprofit organizations that operate the properties to address these structural needs. Over time we have expanded the services we provide to the houses, offering guidance on restoration, curatorial, and education projects. Today, the Trust’s collection has grown to 23 historic sites across the five boroughs, ranging from modest farmers’ cottages to grand mansions. The sites now thrive as cultural institutions that represent New York City’s colorful history and attract more than 700,000 visitors annually, some 480,000 of whom are New York City schoolchildren. The 29th Anniversary is both an opportunity to celebrate our past achievements and a reminder that there is still much to do to ensure that these houses will continue to enrich the city’s cultural life well into the future. We hope you will join us as we celebrate this year and experience our City’s historic treasures!

Mission: The Historic House Trust of New York City (HHT) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to help the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation preserve its collection of historic houses located in city parks. The Trust works with the Department of Parks & Recreation and the non-profit Boards of individual houses to restore, interpret and promote these sites, to educate residents and visitors about the social, economic and political history of New York City, and contribute to the vitality of surrounding communities.

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October is #LGBTQHistoryMonth! 🏳️‍🌈 In 2017, the Alice Austen House Museum was designated as a national site of LGBTQ hi...
10/02/2020

October is #LGBTQHistoryMonth! 🏳️‍🌈 In 2017, the Alice Austen House Museum was designated as a national site of LGBTQ history. You can learn more about Alice and her life as a lesbian photographer by safely visiting the house at 2 Hylan Blvd in Staten Island! Not only is AAHM open, but several of our #HHTNYC partner sites are starting to reopen their doors! Please check individual house sites and social media accounts for more details. ✨

Some of our partner sites are joining together to provide amazing after school programming! Read more below! 👇
09/29/2020

Some of our partner sites are joining together to provide amazing after school programming! Read more below! 👇

Join #MorrisJumelMansion & our fellow Historic House Trust of New York City houses for fun Virtual #afterschool programs this Fall! We're hosting the October 20 #Suncatcher Design session for Kids 8-12 from 4-5 pm. Register now for the sessions of your choice: bit.ly/2Ek6eJm

Morris-Jumel Mansion
09/22/2020

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Join #MorrisJumelMansion & our fellow Historic House Trust of New York City houses for fun Virtual #afterschool programs this Fall! We're hosting the October 20 #Suncatcher Design session for Kids 8-12 from 4-5 pm. Register now for the sessions of your choice: bit.ly/2Ek6eJm

Happy #NationalDanceDay! Make sure you strut your stuff over to our partner sites who are reopening! @merchantshouse reo...
09/19/2020

Happy #NationalDanceDay! Make sure you strut your stuff over to our partner sites who are reopening! @merchantshouse reopens today! If you become a #member at #HHT, you get complimentary access to these historic #NYC sites!

Guess what? Our partner sites are starting to #reopen! If you become a member of #HHTNYC, you can get complimentary acce...
09/16/2020

Guess what? Our partner sites are starting to #reopen! If you become a member of #HHTNYC, you can get complimentary access among other great perks! Check out historichousetrust.org/membership for details! ✨ What sites are you looking forward to visiting?

Join The Conference House in their Historic 1776 Challenge virtual run/walk! Help preserve a piece of American history a...
09/11/2020
Conference House Historic 1776 Challenge

Join The Conference House in their Historic 1776 Challenge virtual run/walk! Help preserve a piece of American history and provide educational programming to the community.

All participants receive cool swag and one free admission to the house!

https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/StatenIsland/1776Challenge

The Conference House Historic 1776 Challenge is on Tuesday September 1, 2020 to Saturday October 31, 2020. It includes the following events: 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run/Walk, 177.6 Miles, and 17.6 Miles.

The Queens County Farm Museum
09/05/2020

The Queens County Farm Museum

All new! September Sundays special admission days Sept. 13, 20 & 27. Be the first to discover The Amazing Maize Maze! Tickets, details & Covid visitor guidelines at https://bit.ly/2ELvvfS 🌽🌻

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This typical 18th-century farmhouse serves as the headquarters of the Queens Historical Society!...
09/01/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This typical 18th-century farmhouse serves as the headquarters of the Queens Historical Society! Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! With 28 buildings on 100 acres, this living museum complex evokes 300 years of history and cultu...
08/31/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! With 28 buildings on 100 acres, this living museum complex evokes 300 years of history and culture! Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Dating to c. 1652, this Dutch farmhouse is the oldest living structure in #NYC. Comment and give...
08/29/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Dating to c. 1652, this Dutch farmhouse is the oldest living structure in #NYC. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Abundant crops & farm animals still thrive at this longest continually farmed site in New York S...
08/28/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Abundant crops & farm animals still thrive at this longest continually farmed site in New York State. 🌽🐑 Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Prospect Park holds one of the few farmhouses surviving from Brooklyn’s Dutch settlement. Commen...
08/27/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Prospect Park holds one of the few farmhouses surviving from Brooklyn’s Dutch settlement. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Once a country estate on the East River, the “People’s House” serves as the official residence o...
08/26/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Once a country estate on the East River, the “People’s House” serves as the official residence of the Mayor of #NYC. Comment and give it your best guess!

Tonight! 💜💛
08/26/2020

Tonight! 💜💛

The 19th Amendment and women's right to vote turn 100 years old today! Across the country many sites are honoring this milestone in American history by illuminating their buildings in #PurpleAndGold. The Alice Austen House and several other #HAHSSites will be joining in tonight for this once in a lifetime moment. For more information visit womensvote100.org/forwardintolight
#ForwardIntoLight

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Owned by the same family for over 200 years, this home displays layers of history dating back to...
08/25/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Owned by the same family for over 200 years, this home displays layers of history dating back to the Dutch-American period. Comment and give it your best guess!

This Thursday!
08/24/2020

This Thursday!

Next up at the Alice Austen House Museum is a ⓥⓘⓡⓣⓤⓐⓛ event on the life & legacy of famous poet Audre Lorde - who was once a Staten Islander! #FunFact

To accompany the Alice Austen House 2020 exhibition 𝑷𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑫𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒔: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑰𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑾𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑨𝒖𝒅𝒓𝒆 𝑳𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒆, a panel will be formed by Executive Director Victoria Munro in collaboration with Lorde's life long friends and Sister Comrades, Clare Coss and Blanche Weissen Cook. The all women panel will closely examine the life and work of Audre Lorde and the powerful influence of her work today.

A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Lorde was a long-time resident of Staten Island’s North Shore, close to the Alice Austen House. Her former residence and the Alice Austen House are designated sites of LGBTQ history.

*𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬.*

When: Thursday, August 27th
Time: 6p.m.
Where: Online!
REGISTER HERE: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4214923257357463819?fbclid=IwAR3JV2G_822CeB9UKAfelxP2fBPPhwzny19DdXfyDw3hSA-sqahGQvHD3dc

𝑪𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝑷𝒂𝒔𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒎 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝒀𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒚’𝒔 𝒑𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝒍𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒍𝒚𝒏 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑳𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒚, 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝒀𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑳𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒚, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑸𝒖𝒆𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑳𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒚. 𝑻𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆, 𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒘𝒘.𝒄𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔.𝒏𝒚𝒄.

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Guess the #HHTNYC site! Occupied by British and Colonial troops during the Revolutionary War, this Georgian home is the ...
08/24/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Occupied by British and Colonial troops during the Revolutionary War, this Georgian home is the centerpiece of a 1,000-acre park. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This stone manor house in Staten Island is named for the 1776 conference that attempted to end t...
08/21/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This stone manor house in Staten Island is named for the 1776 conference that attempted to end the Revolutionary War. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Pelham Bay Park is the bucolic setting of this country house with one of the nation’s finest Gre...
08/20/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Pelham Bay Park is the bucolic setting of this country house with one of the nation’s finest Greek Revival interiors. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Reconstructed from original stones, this Park Slope house is a landmark of military history. Com...
08/19/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! Reconstructed from original stones, this Park Slope house is a landmark of military history. Comment and give it your best guess!

On this 100th anniversary of the #19thAmendment, HHT is proud to represent a collection of houses with strong connection...
08/18/2020

On this 100th anniversary of the #19thAmendment, HHT is proud to represent a collection of houses with strong connections to inspiring women - from the women whose stories our house tell, to the women who helped preserve them to the women running the majority of our 23 sites now. ✨

(Photo: House Joint Resolution 1 proposing the 19th amendment to the states.)

Today is #NationalNonprofitDay! ✨HHT and our partner sites are all 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations who work diligently t...
08/17/2020

Today is #NationalNonprofitDay! ✨HHT and our partner sites are all 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations who work diligently to preserve & promote the importance of NYC history. Please visit our house websites or historichousetrust.org to make a donation!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This elegant row house in Manhattan showcases the lives of a 19th century merchant family throug...
08/15/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This elegant row house in Manhattan showcases the lives of a 19th century merchant family through their original belongings. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This modest cottage in the Bronx is where one of America’s greatest writers spent the final year...
08/14/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This modest cottage in the Bronx is where one of America’s greatest writers spent the final years of his life. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This Staten Island home is a significant site of LGBTQ history. 🏳️‍🌈 This Victorian Gothic cotta...
08/13/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This Staten Island home is a significant site of LGBTQ history. 🏳️‍🌈 This Victorian Gothic cottage was home to one of America’s earliest & most prolific female photographers. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This charming schoolhouse in Central Park is now home to a renowned marionette theatre company! ...
08/12/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This charming schoolhouse in Central Park is now home to a renowned marionette theatre company! Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This Queen Anne-style residence is home to a famous African-American inventor and electrical pio...
08/11/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This Queen Anne-style residence is home to a famous African-American inventor and electrical pioneer in the early 1900’s. Comment below & give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This is Manhattan’s last farmhouse & an extraordinary vestige of the borough’s agricultural past...
08/10/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This is Manhattan’s last farmhouse & an extraordinary vestige of the borough’s agricultural past. Comment below and give it your best guess!

TOMORROW at 4pm! Our friends at Morris-Jumel have partnered with Harlem One Stop and the Harlem Cultural Collaborative t...
08/08/2020

TOMORROW at 4pm!

Our friends at Morris-Jumel have partnered with Harlem One Stop and the Harlem Cultural Collaborative to bring you this amazing conversation to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. You don't want to miss it!

RSVP for FREE here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/architecture-as-identity-harlems-colonial-inspired-style-tickets-115852711579

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, Morris-Jumel Mansion in partnership with Harlem One Stop and the Harlem Cultural Collaborative present Harlem Renaissance 100 Virtual Salon - Architecture as Identity: Harlem's Colonial Inspired Style followed by a conversation with John Reddick and co-panelists.

Join the conversation online this Sunday, 8/9 at 4 pm!
RSVP on Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/Djcb50ATYPG

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This farmhouse once stood along the famous Boston Post Road and is now hone to a museum of Bronx...
08/08/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This farmhouse once stood along the famous Boston Post Road and is now hone to a museum of Bronx history. Comment and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This site is extra special today! Why? It’s #NationalLighthouseDay! It’s red, (not so) little an...
08/07/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This site is extra special today! Why? It’s #NationalLighthouseDay! It’s red, (not so) little and the star of a famous children’s book! Comment below and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This house in Queens, built in the 1660’s, is a landmark of religious freedom and a microcosm of...
08/06/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This house in Queens, built in the 1660’s, is a landmark of religious freedom and a microcosm of social, cultural and political history. Comment below and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This grand #StatenIsland house features some beautiful peacocks on its grounds! 🦚 Comment below ...
08/05/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This grand #StatenIsland house features some beautiful peacocks on its grounds! 🦚 Comment below and give it your best guess!

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This house served as Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights. Additionally...
08/04/2020

Guess the #HHTNYC site! This house served as Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights. Additionally, #LinManuelMiranda had a tendency to write some of a famous musical here. Comment below and give it your best guess!

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The Arsenal, Central Park 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 203
New York, NY
10065

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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New signage recognizes the homes and churches that comprised a vibrant African American community removed by eminent domain to construct Central Park.
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