Dutch houses in NYC: the Van der Ende - Onderdonk House

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The house in 2013

It was time to explore some more Dutch history in New York City. So, I grabbed my beautiful book "Exploring Historic Dutch New York" again and selected another location of Dutch heritage in NYC. For a description of my earlier explorations see herehere, and here.

Today's choice was a logical one. A house on the route from my apartment to JFK Airport, where I was going to take my parents to. I selected the Van der Ende - Onderdonk House.

The house in 2013
The house is said to be the oldest Dutch colonial stone house in the city. Its history dates back to the year of 1661 when Hendrick Barentsz Smi(d)t was given the land where the house still stands today by governor Peter Stuyvesant. The land was later purchased by Paulus and Jannetje Van der Ende who built the current house on the land.

All the time the house and the land had been topic of a huge border dispute of two towns that both wanted to charge taxes. This disputed later determined the borders between the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. This border was later slightly moved to the south in 1937 by the state of New York, making the farm now a 100% Queens farm.

In 1805 the property and house were sold once again, now to another Americans of Dutch descent: Adrian Onderdonk and his wife Ann Wyckoff. The house was sold several more times and had several roles, in one of them it served as a location where spacecraft parts were created!!!! In the meantime the area filled with industry and storage houses.

The house in 1910 (photo: queens.brownstoner.com)
In 1930 the house was the only remaining farm house on Flushing Avenue. In 1973 the house was almost razed, but fortunately saved by local residents. Unfortunately a fire in 1975 still destroyed the house's wooden parts. The stone walls remained and were the basis for the restoration of the house in 1980, based on old photos of the venue.

Being a monument the house is safe now. It is a little green oasis in between the really ugly warehouses and other industry that is still prominently present. It is impossible to imagine that this was once farmland only. For more history of this house see here.

We arrived at the site slightly after 5pm and leaned that the house closed at 5pm. A friendly care taker who was still doing some shores was kind enough to allow us to still go in and have a quick look. Nice!

More pictures below.

missandrea81 says:
I'm going to have to come back and read about more of your explorations. Always interested in learning about things to see in NYC.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2013
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The house in 2013
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The house in 2013
The house in 2013
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