John William Draper House

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Henry Draper Observatory
John William Draper House.jpg
Front view of building in 2007
John William Draper House is located in New York
John William Draper House
Location 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Coordinates 40°59′28.6″N 73°52′47.1″W / 40.991278°N 73.879750°W / 40.991278; -73.879750Coordinates: 40°59′28.6″N 73°52′47.1″W / 40.991278°N 73.879750°W / 40.991278; -73.879750
Built 1840
Governing body Hastings Historical Society
NRHP Reference # 75001237
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 15, 1975[1]
Designated NHL May 15, 1975[2]

The Henry Draper Observatory, also known as Draper Cottage, is located on US 9 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA. Henry Draper, 1837-1882, created an observatory on the estate of his father, John William Draper.[3] It was here that he made astrophotography history, taking some of the earliest photographs of the Moon to include identifiable features through a telescope in 1863.

The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975.[2][4] It is located in the middle of a small park named after the Draper family, and is currently used as both the offices of the Hastings Historical Society and a museum of local history.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "John W. Draper House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-15. 
  3. ^ "John William Draper and the Hastings Observatory". Marion Martin. Hastings Historian: A Quarterly Publication of the Hastings Historical Society. 2007-09-05. 
  4. ^ James Sheire (1975). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: John W. Draper House PDF (344 KB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 1 photo, exterior, from 1975. PDF (509 KB)

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