Fort Totten Historic District

STATUS Designated Historic District

Fort Totten

DATE: 1857; 1885-1914

STYLE: Fort, Military

Fort Fort Totten Military Queens

Designated in June 29, 1999

Fort Totten includes over 100 buildings and smaller secondary structures built between the 1830s and the 1960s. The fort, originally called the Fort at Willets Point, was established in 1857 as a major component in the defense system of New York Harbor. The major period of improvement and expansion for the fort occurred in 1885-1914, resulting in much of the historic character that exists today.

The fort remained in military hands until the 1970s when most of the land was turned over to the City of New York and is now operated under the jurisdiction of the Fire Department, the Parks Department, and the Historic House Trust.

STATUS Designated Historic District

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Fort Totten

The fort, originally called the Fort at Willets Point, was established in 1857 as a major component in the defense system of New York Harbor. The fort's surviving structures from various phases of construction vividly depict the changing role of military technology and defense strategy...

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