Restoration & Accessibility Project Funded at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
HHT, in partnership with NYC Parks, today announced an investment in restoring the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Upper Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood. This project is made possible with support from Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez through advocacy efforts by the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance (“DFMA”).
HHT’s Capital team and consultant John G. Waite Associates, Architects are overseeing the project's design phase. The goal of the project is to expand the museum with a historically-inspired, two-story addition originally built c. 1835 and demolished in the 1920s, providing more office space, ADA-compliant restrooms, and improved access to the first floor. The project also aims to provide universal access to the surrounding park for outdoor programming.
“The Dyckman Farmhouse is an important connection to New York City history, and we are happy to partner with the Historic House Trust on the museum’s restoration,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff. “Thanks to support from the Mayor, Council Member, and Borough President, this project will enhance the entire structure and improve the surrounding park setting for New Yorkers and the Inwood community to enjoy.”
HHT’s Executive Director John Krawchuk agrees, noting, “There will soon be an opportunity to better utilize portions of the historic building for interpretation and public programming, which has always been especially innovative at the museum.”
As the last farmhouse in Manhattan, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is a vital cultural asset in New York City. The building is a NYC Individual Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and on the State Register of Historic Places. The property is under the jurisdiction of NYC Parks and is a partner site of the Historic House Trust of New York City. The museum is operated by the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance, the mission of which is to support the preservation of the historic site, to be a catalyst for engaging, adventuresome programming, and to be a dynamic resource for the Inwood neighborhood.