Designated a New York City Individual Landmark and Interior Landmark April 19, 1966
Designated a New York City Interior Landmark March 23,1976
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974
The Rufus King Manor is one of the few 18th Century American Colonial manor houses remaining in Queens. It is a two and a half story, single frame house with gambrel roof. The cottage in the rear portion of the property dates from 1730 and it contains an original kitchen. King Manor is the historic home of founding father, Rufus King, diplomat and framer of the United States Constitution.
The first floor interiors of the Manor are a reflection of the several periods of construction of the house, and they represent both Georgian and Federal styles. Among the most distinguished features are the staircase, the curved end wall of the dining room, and the many chimney pieces. The house is effectively preserved through its maintenance as a museum by the King Manor Association.
STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark
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