Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church & Expanded Site

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

866 Flatbush Avenue, 2101-2103 Kenmore Terrace, 890 Flatbush Ave

ARCHITECT: Thomas Fardon

DATE: 1793-1798

STYLE: Federal

Brooklyn Federal Flatbush

Designated January 9, 1979

In 1654, under orders from Director General Peter Stuyvesant, the first Dutch Reformed Church was built in Flatbush. In 1793, in the mood of expansion that followed the Revolution, a new church was built. One of the most beautifully scaled church spires in all New York City adorns the tower of this Federal Style church. Built of local stone and Holland brick, the walls rest on a foundation made from stones of an earlier church of 1699, which was demolished to make way for the present structure. The Parsonage, a large, imposing wood-frame residence, was built south of the church in 1853. The Church House was designed by Meyer & Mathieu in 1922. It is a Georgian style structure built of red brick laid in Flemish bond. Members of early Dutch families are interred in the cemetery adjoining the church, which is included in the expanded landmark site.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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Flatbush is a neighborhood in Brooklyn. It was founded by Dutch colonists in 1651. Flatbush was originally chartered as the Dutch Nieuw Nederland colony town of Midwout (or Midwoud or Medwoud) — from the Dutch words, med, "middle" and woud, "wood"— in 1651. Both names...

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