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
John William Draper House is located in the US
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
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, United States. 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 Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 1 photo, exterior, from 1975. (509 KB)

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