Historic House Trust - New York City Historic House Trust of New York City a not-for-profit organization was created in 1989 to preserve and promote the historic houses located in New York City parks. Working in partnership with the City of New York Parks & Recreation, the goal of the Trust is to provide new levels of attention, support and specialized care to benefi t these museums.
The Lott House - Before and After

Bowne House Exterior Restoration – In-Construction

The Historic House Trust is pleased to announce the progress to date on the full exterior restoration of the Bowe House in Flushing, Queens. The c.1661 Bowne House, is the newest addition to the HHT collection, and will over the coming years be the site of three extensive capital projects - the exterior restoration which is underway, the interior restoration which is upcoming, and the construction of a new visitor's center which is also upcoming.

The exterior restoration project is the result of years of work by the Bowne House Historic Society, Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City and State elected officials, the Historic House Trust, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. The $3,925,000 project will consist of a comprehensive restoration in order to fully address the house’s existing conditions, including the roof, exterior siding and windows, and needed structural repairs. Work to date includes structural repair work to the side (east) and front (south) elevations, the restoration of all of the windows, as well as the removal and installation of a new roof which is underway. Work is anticipated to be complete in the Spring of 2014 - please check out the HHT Facebook page for updates on this exciting restoration project!

Bartow-Pell Mansion Formal Garden Rehabilitation – In-Construction

This rehabilitation of the Delano & Aldrich designed formal garden is well underway, and included the re-grading of the terraces in order to accentuate the geometry, replanting of the perimeter beds, and the relocation of certain garden elements in order to reestablish the long views from the mansion towards Long Island Sound. Work to be completed includes the restoration of the three decorative wrought-iron gates as well as the conservation of the gravestones in the 18th-century Pell family cemetery. The $155,000 project is funded through a Partners in Preservation grant, from the National Trust for Historic Preservation & American Express.

Wyckoff Farmhouse Master Plan & Complex – In Design & Planning

This upcoming project is the culmination of years of work by the Wyckoff House & Association, City Councilmember Lewis A. Fidler, City and State elected officials, the Historic House Trust, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. The $4,475,000 project will consist of a the construction of a new structure that will house exhibit/meeting space, office space for the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, and a caretaker's apartment. The striking design by nArchitects was unanimously approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Look for future updates on this important project!

HHT Capital Projects – 2014

The following is a list of the additional capital projects that HHT will be working on in 2014 – more info to come:

The Bronx

  • Bartow-Pell Mansion Exterior Restoration
  • Van Cortland Dining Room Project
  • Poe Cottage Landscape


  • Lott House Landscape Master Plan Project
  • Wyckoff Farmhouse Roof Project


  • Morris-Jumel Wall/Fence Restoration – Phase II
  • Morris-Jumel Octagon Room


  • Bowne House Visitor’s Center
  • Queens County Farm Museum Master Plan
  • Queens County Farm Museum Greenhouse Reconstruction
  • Latimer House Roof Project
  • King Manor Museum Roof Project
  • King Manor Infrastructure Upgrade

Staten Island

  • Alice Austen House Grant Work


  • The Arsenal Lobby Ceiling

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