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.
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!
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a non-profit organization operating in tandem with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Our mission is to provide essential support for houses of architectural and cultural significance, spanning 350 years of New York City life. These treasures reside within city parks and are open to the public.

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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06/04/2020

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Introducing #HHTOnline! While our houses remain closed due to COVID-19, they are still providing quality digital content...
05/28/2020

Introducing #HHTOnline! While our houses remain closed due to COVID-19, they are still providing quality digital content and events! HHT Online provides a one stop shop for all HHT house activities and events. It will be continuously updated so you won’t miss a thing!

https://bit.ly/2yFY1wa

05/23/2020
Virtual Talk: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Such an awesome look into our beloved Dyckman Farmhouse Museum! Check it out!

Join Meredith Horsford, the Executive Director of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum – Manhattan’s last remaining farmhouse, for this virtual talk delving into the...

Tonight at 5:45! You don’t want to miss this! 👇🏼
05/22/2020

Tonight at 5:45! You don’t want to miss this! 👇🏼

This Friday join us for NYPAPy Hour and take a visit to the Morris-Jumel Mansion with NYPAP Board member Matthew Coody of the Historic House Trust of New York City and Shiloh Holley of the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

They will delve into plans for reinterpreting the richly complicated Manhattan site dating to 1765. This NYPAPy Hour gives you the perfect opportunity to learn more about the history of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, where George Washington slept, in your own home while sipping on your beverage of choice! We’ll have breakout rooms for a chance to meet new people. Open to the public - and special welcome to Columns Club members and Young Georgians!

This week’s NYPAPy Hour held on Friday, May 22 will be at 5:45 pm. The Zoom Meeting ID: 896 7789 0328. Email us at [email protected] in advance to receive the password before event! We can’t wait to see you there! Brought to you by Jan Hird Pokorny Associates.

05/21/2020

TONIGHT! At approximately 8:12pm, the #EmpireStateBuilding, Washington Square Park Arch, Parachute Jump of Coney Island, the Ranaqua and HHT’s very own Arsenal in Central Park are lighting up green to honor @nycparks employees! In these trying times, we are thankful for the Parkies (including some of our own staff) who help keep these beautiful spaces safe and clean for everyone to enjoy!

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! At HHT, we are so fortunate to have 23(!!!) beautiful historic locations in our family. P...
05/18/2020

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! At HHT, we are so fortunate to have 23(!!!) beautiful historic locations in our family. Please be sure to visit historichousetrust.org to check out all of our sites and the amazing virtual content they are providing! We’re sad to not be open to welcome all of you in person, but we look forward to the day we can! ✨ Tell us some of your favorite #museummemories!

It is #MuseumWeek, and we’re talking #MuseumMomentsMW! In 1991, on this very day, our precious @TheLittleRedLighthouseNY...
05/14/2020

It is #MuseumWeek, and we’re talking #MuseumMomentsMW! In 1991, on this very day, our precious @TheLittleRedLighthouseNYC became a landmark! How cool is that? ✨ Tell us a Little Red story of your own!

We’re continuing Museum Week with some #CultureInQuarantineMW! Did you know that Lin Manuel Miranda wrote part of @hamil...
05/12/2020

We’re continuing Museum Week with some #CultureInQuarantineMW! Did you know that Lin Manuel Miranda wrote part of @hamiltonmusical inside our very own Morris Jumel Mansion? ⭐️ Check out @morrisjumel for some exciting content and see what Lin came up with when the show releases on Disney+ on July 3rd!

We’re kicking off #MuseumWeek 2020 with a tribute to the incredible, selfless and brave heroes on the frontlines of COVI...
05/11/2020

We’re kicking off #MuseumWeek 2020 with a tribute to the incredible, selfless and brave heroes on the frontlines of COVID-19. 🏥 Today is about thanking them for everything they do to help keep us healthy, as they aid in the healing of loved ones, neighbors and friends who need it. All of us here at HHT are eternally grateful to these medical and emergency care heroes. We see you, we love you and we thank you so deeply. ✨#HeroesMW ✨

Happy #StarWarsDay! Looks like Kylo Ren and Han Solo are having a moment at the beautiful @bartow_pell mansion! 🌟🪐🏡 #may...
05/04/2020

Happy #StarWarsDay! Looks like Kylo Ren and Han Solo are having a moment at the beautiful @bartow_pell mansion! 🌟🪐🏡 #may4th #maythe4thbewithyou #hhtnyc #historichomes #nyc

05/01/2020

Meet the #HHTeam! We’re all working hard on #MayDay and every day to help preserve, promote & provide expertise to 23 gorgeous historic sites! Now on TikTok! Follow us @HHTNYC!

Happy #ArborDay! 🌳 The Weeping Beech tree, located next to #KingslandHomestead, became the city’s first living landmark ...
04/24/2020

Happy #ArborDay! 🌳 The Weeping Beech tree, located next to #KingslandHomestead, became the city’s first living landmark in 1966. Sadly, it was euthanized in 1998 after living 151 years. The commissioner of @nycparks held a funeral and parts of the tree were used to create benches and sculptures.

Happy #EarthDay from all of us at HHT! Not sure how to participate in #EarthDayFromHome? Our houses have super fun virtu...
04/22/2020

Happy #EarthDay from all of us at HHT! Not sure how to participate in #EarthDayFromHome? Our houses have super fun virtual activities for everyone of all ages to enjoy! 🌿✨❤️ Photo credit: @vchmnyc

With the news of a field hospital being built on Van Cortlandt Park grounds, our friends at Van Cortlandt House Museum h...
04/07/2020
History Repeats Itself on the VC Parade Ground

With the news of a field hospital being built on Van Cortlandt Park grounds, our friends at Van Cortlandt House Museum had some inspiring and thoughtful words to share. Please give it a read!

http://www.vchm.org/voices-from-van-cortlandt---directors-blog/history-repeats-itself-on-the-vc-parade-ground

This blog post was contributed by guest author Vivian Davis who has extensively studied the 20th century military history that unfolded on the Parade Ground in Van Cortlandt Park. When I heard on...

Today is #nationalwalkingday! Beat that cabin fever and (safely) go for a nice walk in the #NYC parks! Make sure to wave...
04/01/2020

Today is #nationalwalkingday! Beat that cabin fever and (safely) go for a nice walk in the #NYC parks! Make sure to wave hello to our many precious historic locations- like the #LittleRedLightHouse in Ft. Washington Park!

Thanks for the spotlight on so many of our beautiful houses, Curbed NY!
03/23/2020
Curbed NY

Thanks for the spotlight on so many of our beautiful houses, Curbed NY!

The city's oldest building dates to 1652

Museums need your help! Call your representatives and urge them to support museum economic relief.  Historic houses are ...
03/20/2020
Urge Congress to Support Museum Community Economic Relief

Museums need your help! Call your representatives and urge them to support museum economic relief. Historic houses are a part of the diverse and beautiful museum community - which is facing an existential threat related to COVID-19.

https://www.aam-us.org/2020/03/19/urge-congress-to-support-museum-community-economic-relief/

Advocacy Alert – March 19, 2020 Urge Congress to Support Museum Community Economic Relief Today, we must make our voices heard to our members of Congress in support of museums. Congress is mo…

03/18/2020

To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff and to support the City’s effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all 23 historic sites in the Historic House Trust collection are temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Please visit our website for the latest information.

As we continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19, we hope that you are staying healthy and safe. While practicing social distancing, we invite you to conquer cabin fever by getting fresh air in your local park. Located within parkland in all five boroughs, the historic sites in our collection are comforting reminders of our City’s resilience right at our doorsteps.

03/11/2020

Due to travel concerns for the principal presenters, Historic House Trust and the Black Gotham Experience have made the joint decision to postpone the "Places that Unite" event slated for tomorrow evening.

While it is disappointing, health and safety is always our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience and will be back to you soon with the new date for this very special program.

For any further questions, please contact Giulietta Fiore at (212) 360-8721 or [email protected].

There is #LoveattheLighthouse! All of us at HHT want to congratulate Seph & Logan, the very first couple to get engaged ...
03/06/2020

There is #LoveattheLighthouse! All of us at HHT want to congratulate Seph & Logan, the very first couple to get engaged at the top of our precious #LittleRedLighthouse! We are so excited for you and wish you all the love and happiness in your lives together!

Photo credit: Vince Smith (@vincesmithphoto)

Picture perfect views from the inside of the Little Red Lighthouse! This stunning photo was taken by LadyKflowhile visit...
02/25/2020

Picture perfect views from the inside of the Little Red Lighthouse! This stunning photo was taken by LadyKflowhile visiting the lighthouse at the annual festival. To learn more about her visit and see her travels to the HHT sites visit here: https://www.ladykflo.com/your-little-red-lighthouse/

If these walls could talk! #hhtnyc and @dyckmanfarmhouse are working with graduate students from the @columbiagsapp Arch...
02/18/2020

If these walls could talk! #hhtnyc and @dyckmanfarmhouse are working with graduate students from the @columbiagsapp Architectural Finishes course led by @mjablonski1 of @jbc_architectural_conservators to see what stories the walls of Dyckman might tell if they could. Over the next three months we will provide students with skills to survey, identify, and produce a conditions report on architectural finishes. The graduate students will also learn how to research finishes and best practices for sampling them in a building. Students will then get the chance to take these samples back to Columbia’s laboratory for analysis. The field work in this course will help prepare the students for professional work, whether they become designers, administrators, conservators, or more general preservationists. As we progress through the semester we hope to learn more about the layered history of this special house. Don’t worry, we‘ll be sure to share! #historicpreservation #paintanalysis #columbiauniversity #gsapp #dyckmanfarmhouse #inwood #nycparks #jablonskibuildingconservation @ Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

“A house isn’t born overnight. It grows over a period of time like a garden.” (Mario Buatta) HHT was incredibly fortunat...
01/22/2020

“A house isn’t born overnight. It grows over a period of time like a garden.” (Mario Buatta) HHT was incredibly fortunate to get a sneak peek at the @sothebys exhibition featuring items going on the auction block tomorrow from the personal collection of iconic decorator @mariobuatta. Mario was a dear friend of #hhtnyc, supporting us for 28 years, including 9 years as a member of the Board of Directors. A native of Staten Island, Mario was fascinated by historic houses as a child, especially the @aliceaustenhouse. During his studies Mario visited England’s grand country estates and solidified his distinctive aesthetic and love of “historical clutter,” interiors that looked as if they had been pieced together over centuries. During the next five decades his designs exploded in popularity, making him a household name, yet when called upon he always made time for HHT. We will always remember his distinctive passion, sense of humor, and dedication to the historic houses of NYC. @ Sotheby's

Do you think #DryJanuary was a thing in the 1820s? We seriously doubt it. Take it from our forebearers and just enjoy yo...
01/09/2020
Tavern Concerts — Historic Richmond Town

Do you think #DryJanuary was a thing in the 1820s? We seriously doubt it. Take it from our forebearers and just enjoy yourself this month (you deserve it). And how better than the return of the popular Tavern Concerts at Historic Richmond Town this Saturday, January 11th?⁠

This winter concert series takes place inside the nearly 200 year old Guyon Tavern, which boasts a wood-burning stove, flickering candles, and all of the 19th century saloon vibes. Behind the bar will be hot spiced apple cider, mulled wine, and a refreshing selection of beers (yes, please). ⁠

The recent restoration project repaired damage sustained when a car accidentally drove into the building two years ago. Structural and cosmetic work was also performed to give the building a functional tavern space.⁠

Shows are scheduled for every Saturday from January through March at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Head over to the Historic Richmond Town website to purchase tickets: https://www.historicrichmondtown.org/events/2019/12/12/tavern-concerts

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01/09/2020

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

Opening Hours

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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(212) 360-8282

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