Bowne House Preservation Project is
Underway (May 2, 2013)
We are pleased to announce that our long awaited
preservation project is now underway. This phase,
the exterior restoration of the 1661 house, is
under the supervision of architects Jan Hird
Pokorny Associates, and Steven Foxworth, Project
Manager at NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
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Bowne House is closed
for an extensive restoration. Group visits
to our grounds and gardens may be arranged
with advance notice. If you would like to discuss
a tour of the gardens, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
A microcosm of 300 years of social, cultural
and political history, Bowne House (ca. 1661)
is the oldest house in Queens and among the oldest
in New York City.
It was built by John Bowne, who
emigrated from England to Boston in 1649 and
settled in Flushing, Queens, when New York was
under Dutch Rule. His family prospered in America:
the nine generations born and raised in the house
produced businessmen, horticulturists, educators
and politicians. Over the course of 300 years,
the family left its mark on American culture,
participating in events of both regional and
national significance -starting with John Bowne's
courageous defense of religious freedom in 1662,
an act which established the principles later
codified in the Bill of Rights.
Bowne House has been a museum since 1947.
Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents,
the Bowne House Historical Society's mission
includes the preservation of the house, its contents
and grounds for its historical and educational
interest, for its significance to the history
of New York and for its importance in the establishment
in this country of the fundamental principles
of freedom of conscience and religious liberty.
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on purchase of publications from
our museum store.