Albertus Van Loon House

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Albertus Van Loon House
Albertus Van Loon House
Albertus Van Loon House
Located in New York State
Located in New York State
Located in New York State
Located in New York State
Albertus Van Loon House, Athens, NY
Location 85 North Washington Street,[1] Athens, New York
Coordinates 42°16′01″N 73°48′19″W / 42.266946°N 73.805299°W / 42.266946; -73.805299Coordinates: 42°16′01″N 73°48′19″W / 42.266946°N 73.805299°W / 42.266946; -73.805299
Built 1724[2][3]
Architect Albertus Van Loon[2]
Architectural style Dutch Colonial[3]
MPS Village of Athens MRA
NRHP Reference # 80002619
Added to NRHP 28 November 1980[4]

The Albertus Van Loon House (surname is pronounced like "van loan") is one of the oldest extant buildings in New York State. It is located in Athens, New York at 85 North Washington Street (also known as New York State Route 385). It is inside the "Village of Athens Multiple Resource Area (MRA)".[6]

It was built by Albertus Van Loon, who was one of eight children of Jan Van Loon.[7]

Front of the house

Jan was the earliest European settler to the area, and gave the settlement its first name: Loonenburg. Only one wall of Jan Van Loon's house still stands nearby, at 39 South Washington Street.[1] Albertus' house is in what was called the Upper Village.[7] The house is rectangular with 1.5 stories with stone walls, although a gambrel roof was added between 1775–1800. After Albertus died in 1754,[8] the Van Loon family lived in the house for three generations and moved out in the early 19th century.[6]

Albertus Van Loon helped the town grow by being one of those who donated land for the Zion Lutheran Church (Athens, New York).[6]


  1. ^ a b Gombach, Julia (2009). "Village of Athens, Greene County, New York (NY) 12015". Living Places. The Gombach Group. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Finch, Melissa (24 April 2008). "Van Loon House Historical Marker". aimlessbird's photostream. Flickr. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Van Loon, Albertus, House". Archiplanet. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  4. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - NEW YORK (NY), Greene County". National Register of Historical Places. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Powers, Robert M.; Larry E. Gobrecht (July 1979). "Village of Athens Multiple Resource Area" (PDF). National Register of Historical Places. United States Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Beers, Frederick L.; Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (Athens, N.Y.) (1884). History of Greene County, New York: with biographical sketches of its prominent men. J.B. Beers & Co. ISBN 0-685-61127-2. 
  8. ^ Lambright, Ron (2009). "Albertus Van Loon b. ABT. 1685 d. ABT. 1754 Athens, NY". Lambright Family Genealogy. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 

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