EVENT: Lecture on Douglaston Hill, 9/10

The Queens Historical Society will offer a slide-illustrated talk on Queens’ newest historic district, Douglaston Hill, on Sunday, September 10th at 2:30 p.m. The talk will be held in Kingsland Homestead, the society’s Flushing headquarters located in Weeping Beech Park at 143-35 37th Avenue (between Parsons Boulevard and Bowne Street). The talk is free with paid
admission to the Homestead, which is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Off-street parking is available in the municipal lot, which is 1-½ blocks west at 37th Avenue and Union Street. For further information call 718-939-0647 ext. 17 (M-F, 9:30-5).

Guest lecturer, Joseph Hellmann has been a resident of the Hill for a quarter century and researching its history for the past decade. “Douglaston Hill represents an important part of the wide-ranging and diverse residential development of New York City,” said, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman, Robert B. Tierney. The Douglaston Hill Historic District, located in northeastern Queens near the border of Nassau County consists of thirty-one single family homes that offer fine examples of many late nineteenth and early twentieth century architectural styles, including Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Shingle, Arts and Crafts and Tudor Revival. The district is a significant example of an early twentieth-century suburb that reflects principles of mid-nineteenth and early twentieth-century community planning and development. With its park-like setting, architectural expression and social history, the district is representative of the evolution of the commuter suburb. In the Douglaston Hill Historic District, New York’s history of community planning
and development from the 1850s to the 1920s can be read in the district’s topography, layout and architecture. Most of the houses in the district combine stylistic elements drawn from popular architectural styles from the 1890s to the 1920s, which contribute to the district’s visual coherence.

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