Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

78-03 19th Rd

DATE: c. 1729

STYLE: Dutch Colonial

Dutch Colonial East Elmhurst Queens

Designated: March 15, 1966

The oldest building in New York City still used as a private residence, this Dutch Colonial Farmhouse was built circa 1729 by Abraham Lent, grandson of Abraham Riker, using local stone and roughhewn timber. The locally prominent Riker family was the namesake of nearby Rikers Island. The property contains a small cemetery containing the graves of family members, as well as that of Williams James MacNeven, an Irish patriot and pioneering physician who had stayed with the Riker family before his death. Portions of the farmhouse were damaged by fire in 1955, but the property was fully restored by the current owner Marion Duckworth Smith and her late husband, Michael Smith.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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