• Bowne House
  • Bowne House
  • Bowne House
  • Bowne House
  • Bowne House
  • Bowne House

Bowne House

Built c. 1661, the Bowne House is a microcosm of social, cultural, and political history. It is one of the oldest surviving structures in New York City and the oldest in Queens.

The Bowne House is a fine example of mid-17th-Century Anglo-Dutch architecture with an exceptional collection of furnishings, but its true magic is its story. The house was built by John Bowne, a prominent Quaker and advocate of religious freedom, who emigrated from England to Boston in 1649 and eventually settled in Flushing, Queens. The contributions of this family to New York City’s heritage began with the courageous actions of John Bowne (1627-1695), who used the house as the first indoor meeting place for the Society of Friends, at a time when religious diversity was forbidden by law.

The Bowne family prospered in America and became businessmen, educators, politicians, and horticulturists. Robert Bowne (1744-1818) founded Bowne & Co., a financial printing company that is still in existence today, and championed free education for all New Yorkers. Walter Bowne (1770-1846), founder of the Union Engine Company, served as mayor of New York City from 1829-1833. Samuel Parsons Jr. (1844 – 1923) was the head landscape architect for New York City and served as Superintendent of City Parks. During his career he partnered with Calvert Vaux to create Christopher Street Park, Abingdon Square, and the iconic Washington Memorial Arch in Washington Square Park.

In 2009, the Bowne House Historical Society donated the house to the City’s Parks Department and it became the 23rd member of the Historic House Trust. The three organizations are now partnering on a phased restoration of the house, construction of a visitor’s center, archaeological investigation of the site, and redevelopment of the surrounding park to represent the rich horticultural history of Flushing.

Bowne House is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Bowne House Historical Society, and is a member of the Historic House Trust.

Bowne House


Bowne House
Carmen I. Greene Park
37-01 Bowne Street
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 359-0528

As we continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19, HHT's partner sites are working to safely reintroduce visitors to their museums. Please check individual house museum websites for updated hours and visitation information.

Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Closed for January and holidays.

Handicap Access Symbol Subway: #7 to Main Street, Flushing.
Walk two blocks east on Roosevelt
Avenue to Bowne Street, turn
left and walk 2 blocks to 37th Avenue.
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$10 for Adults and $8.00 for Seniors and Students; $100for groups of 8-15 adults or 15-30 children (and 2 adults)

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This site is available to rent.