List of the oldest buildings in New York

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This article attempts to list the oldest buildings in the state of New York, including the oldest houses and any other surviving structures. Some dates are approximate and based on architectural studies and historical records; other dates are based on dendrochronology. All entries should include citation with reference to: architectural features indicative of the date of construction; a report by an architectural historian; or dendrochronology. Sites on the list are generally from the First Period of American architecture. Only houses built prior to 1725 are suitable for inclusion on this list, or the building must be the oldest of its type. If the exact year of initial construction is estimated, it will be shown as a range of dates.

Building Image Location First Built Notes
Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House Wyckoff-house.jpg Brooklyn 1652 Oldest surviving structure in New York City
Billiou–Stillwell–Perine House Perine-house.JPG Staten Island 1662 Oldest surviving structure in Staten Island
Bronck House Bronck-house.jpg Coxsackie 1663 Oldest house in Upstate New York
Brewster House Brewster House, Setauket.jpg East Setauket 1665 One of the oldest houses on Long Island
John Bowne House John Bowne House (WTM by official-ly cool 078).jpg Flushing 1669[1] Oldest surviving structure in Queens; once hosted a well-known Quaker meeting
Cubberly-Britton Cottage Brittoncottage.jpg Staten Island 1670
Abraham Manee House Maneeseguine5.jpg Staten Island 1670
Timothy Knapp House Knapp House Rye NY DSCN2033.jpg Rye 1670 Listed on National Register of Historic Places
Ariaanje Coeymans House Coeymanshouse.jpg Coeymans 1675 There is another Coeymans house a mile south of this one, on the Hannacroix Creek. Date unknown.
Conference House Conference-house-staten-island.jpg Staten Island 1675 Listed as a National Historic Landmark
Jans Martense Schenck house Schenk-Crooke House2.jpg Brooklyn 1675 Originally in Flatlands; installed within the Brooklyn Museum 1964
Old Senate House Kingston-senate-house.jpg City of Kingston 1676 New York State Constitution written and signed here
Van Leuven-Bevier House Museum Marbletown 1680 [2] Built by Andries Pieterse Van Leuven in 1680, on land he purchased from the Esopus Indians.[citation needed] Currently houses the Ulster County Historical Society
Van Nostrand-Starkins House Van Nostrand-Starkins House from Main Street and East Broadway.JPG Roslyn 1680[3] Main Street Historic District (Roslyn, New York)
Old Halsey House OldHalseyHouseSouthhampton.jpg Village of Southampton 1683 1683 build date according to the local historical society in Southampton http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org/
Philipse Manor Hall Philipse Manor Hall.jpg Yonkers 1682 Oldest surviving structure in Westchester County.
Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow Old Dutch Church taken by James Russiello.JPG Sleepy Hollow 1685 Possibly the oldest surviving church in the state. May date only to 1697, which would place it 2nd to Flushing Meeting House, Queens.
Alice Austen House Alice Austen House.jpg Staten Island 1690 Built by a Dutch merchant then remodeled in the Gothic Revival Style in 1844
Jeremiah Conklin House Amagansett 1690[citation needed] Built by Jeremiah Conkling and his wife Mary, daughter of Lion Gardiner, first English settler of New York colony[citation needed]
Joseph Whitman House West Hills, Long Island 1692
Old Quaker Meeting House Old-quaker-house-flushing.jpg Flushing 1694 Oldest religious building in New York City still standing [4]
Voorlezer's House Vorleezer-house.jpg Staten Island 1695 Oldest school house in America
Joachim Staats House[5] Staats Island, Rensselaer County 1696[6] Called Hoogebergh, meaning "high hill", the house has remained the family homestead since it was erected by Joachim Staats in 1696.[6] William Staats, a 9th generation Hoogebergh inhabitant, details the history of the house and chronicles the family anecdotes of the 20th century in his book, Three Centuries on the Hudson River.[7]
Old House The-old-house-cutchogue.jpg Cutchogue 1699[8] Dated by dendrochronology
De Wint House DeWintHouse house 2007 02.jpg Tappan 1700 Washington Revolutionary headquarters; one of the oldest surviving buildings in Rockland County
Ezra Carll Homestead Carll Homestead, Melville Boulevard, Huntington, Suffolk County, NY HABS NY,52-HUNTS,1-2.tif South Huntington, Long Island 1700
Jarvis-Fleet House Jarvis Fleet House, Cove Road, Huntington N.Y. 7 2010 095.jpg Huntington, Long Island 1700
Lispenard–Rodman–Davenport House Lispenard-Rodman-Davenport House, 180 Davenport Ave. New Rochelle, (Main building).JPG New Rochelle 1700
Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn Beekman Arms Oldest Inn Rhinebeck 2007 02.jpg Village of Rhinebeck 1766[9] Oldest surviving inn in America and oldest structure in the village.
Tobias van Steenburgh House Tobias van Steenburgh House, Kingston, NY.jpg Kingston 1700 One of the few buildings in Kingston not burned in 1777 by British troops
Treasure House Treasurehouse.jpg Staten Island 1700
Tysen-Neville House Neville House 806 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY.jpg Staten Island 1700
Crailo Crailo2010.jpg Rensselaer 1704 Residence of Hendrick van Rensselaer
John Wood House Alice Austen House.jpg Huntington Station, Long Island 1704 Built by a Dutch merchant then remodeled in the Gothic Revival Style in 1844
Mabee House Mabee House Jan 09.jpg Rotterdam 1705 The oldest house in the Mohawk Valley
Jan Van Loon House JanVanLoonHouse.JPG Village of Athens 1706 One of the oldest houses in Greene County[10]
Madam Brett Homestead Madam brett homestead beacon 2006.jpg Beacon 1709 Oldest building in Dutchess County, first house on Rombout Patent, on National Register
Gomez Mill House Gomez Mill House.jpg Town of Newburgh 1712 Oldest known extant residence of a Jewish American
Lewis Pintard House First Presbyterian Church and Lewis Pintard House, Pintard Ave., New Rochelle..JPG New Rochelle 1710 Home of Revolutionary War patriot Lewis Pintard
Fraunces Tavern Day113iwalltourdk.jpg Lower Manhattan 1719 Etienne "Stephen" DeLancey built the current building as his house; tavern since 1762
Pieter Winne House Selkirk, Albany County 1720 Purportedly the oldest house in the Town of Bethlehem[citation needed]
Hendrick I. Lott House Hendrick I Lott 1940 E36 jeh.JPG Brooklyn 1720
Jan Van Hoesen House Claverack c. 1720
John Oakley House West Hills, Long Island c. 1720 The original structure was built about 1720 and expanded in the 1780s.
Bull Stone House Bull Stone House.jpg Hamptonburgh 1720s Property also contains the oldest intact Dutch barn in the state
Kreuzer-Pelton House Kreuzer-pelton.jpg Staten Island 1722
Albertus Van Loon House AVanLoonHouse.JPG Village of Athens 1724 Possibly the second-oldest house in Greene County
Abraham Yates House Schenectady ca. 1725 Possibly the oldest house in Schenectady
French Castle at Fort Niagara French castle at Fort Niagara 2.JPG Village of Youngstown 1726 Oldest building on the Great lakes and one of the longest continuously run military bases in the United States, 1726–present-day
48 Hudson Avenue 48 Hudson Ave Albany.jpg Albany 1728 Oldest stand-alone structure in Albany
Lent Homestead Lent Homestead 01.JPG East Elmhurst, Queens 1729 The western portion of the house may date to 1654
Benner House Benner House, Rhinebeck, NY.jpg Village of Rhinebeck 1730 Oldest house in the village; a rare example of German vernacular architecture, and the sole remaining house in Dutchess County with a one-room floorplan built to German traditions rather than Dutch. Here was held the first Methodist church services in the town conducted by the Rev. Freeborn Garrettson from 1791–1793.
King Mansion Rufus-king-house.jpg Jamaica 1730 The rear section of the house dates to 1730, the left section to 1755, the main structure (right section) to 1806.
Suydam House Suydam House Centerport Suffolk County New York.jpg Centerport, Long Island c. 1730
John Rogers House Dix Hills, Long Island 1732
Queen Anne Parsonage[citation needed] Fort Hunter 1734
Cornelius Van Wyck House Cornelius Van Wyck House.JPG Douglaston 1735
Nicoll-Sill House – Bethlehem House[citation needed] Selkirk, Albany County c1735[citation needed] Home of Rensselaer Nicoll and Elizabeth Salisbury Nicoll
Jacob Smith House West Hills, Long Island c. 1740 The home consists of a three-bay, 1 1⁄2-story saltbox built about 1740 and a five-bay, 1 1⁄2-story dwelling with a shed roof wing added about 1830.
Lake-Tysen House Guyon-Lake-Tyson.jpg Staten Island 1740
Kasparus Westervelt House [11] Town of Poughkeepsie 1745
Stoothoff–Baxter–Kouwenhaven House J A Baxter 1640 E48 jeh.JPG Brooklyn 1747
Van Cortlandt House Van-cortland-house-bronx.JPG Van Cortlandt Park 1748 Oldest building in the Bronx
Creedmoor (Cornell) Farmhouse QFM farmhouse jeh.jpg Glen Oaks 1750
David Conklin House David Conklin House and Barn.JPG Huntington, Long Island c. 1750
Ireland-Gardiner Farm Greenlawn, Long Island c. 1750
Isaac Losee House Isaac Losee House.JPG Huntington, Long Island c. 1750 One of the oldest private residences on Long Island
Henry Smith Farmstead Huntington Station, Long Island c. 1750 Built about 1750 and remodelled in the 1860s
Steenburgh Tavern Rhinebeck 1750 German vernacular stone house built into a hillside with an unusual sweeping Dutch roof
The Old 76 House Old76House 2007 02.jpg Tappan 1754 Oldest surviving building in Rockland County; third oldest public house in America; Maj. John Andre held before trial and hanging in Tappan
The Christopher House Chishouse.jpg Staten Island 1756
Valentine–Varian House Valentine-varian-house.JPG Norwood 1758 Second oldest house in the Bronx
Strawberry Hill Strawberryhillrhinebeck.jpg Rhinebeck 1762 The National Register of Historic Places called this the most monumental stone farmhouse in Northern Dutchess County. Built by Henry Beekman in 1762.
St. Paul's Chapel Historic American Buildings Survey, Arnold Moses, Photographer February 8, 1937, VIEW FROM THE SOUTH EAST. - St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Streets, New York, New York HABS NY,31-NEYO,2-3.tif Manhattan 1764 Third oldest surviving church in New York City, after the Flushing Friends Meeting House (1694) and St. Andrew's Church, Staten Island (1709).
Morris–Jumel Mansion Morris-jumel.jpg Manhattan 1765
Wyckoff–Bennett Homestead Wyckoff-bennett-homestead.jpg Brooklyn 1766
Indian Castle Church IndianCastleChurch zoomed December2007.jpg Danube 1769 Only colonial Indian missionary church surviving in the state, and the only Iroquois building surviving from its time[12]
Boehm-Frost House Boehmhouseback.JPG Staten Island 1770
Kingsland Homestead Kingsland Homestead west porch jeh.jpg Flushing 1774
Lefferts Homestead Lefferts-homestead-prospect-park.JPG Brooklyn 1777 Moved to Prospect Park from its original location at 563 Flatbush Avenue
Dyckman House Dyckman House 2007.jpg Inwood, Manhattan 1784 Only remaining original farmhouse in Manhattan
Edward Mooney House Edward-mooney-house-18-bowery.jpg Manhattan 1785 Oldest surviving row house in Manhattan
Stone-Tolan House StoneTolanHouseBrightonNewYork.JPG Brighton, New York c. 1792 A Federal-style structure said to be the oldest surviving building in Monroe County
Joost Van Nuyse House Van Nuyse House Brooklyn 1.JPG Flatlands, Brooklyn 1793
Bridge Cafe Bridge Cafe (WTM by official-ly cool 060).jpg Manhattan 1795 Oldest wooden building in Manhattan
Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church RPDC Flatbush w-Graveyard jeh.JPG Flatbush 1796
Blackwell House Blackwell House RI jeh.jpg Roosevelt Island 1796 40°45′37″N 73°57′4″W / 40.76028°N 73.95111°W / 40.76028; -73.95111
Van Nuyse-Magaw House Van Nuyse-Magaw House, 1041 East Twenty-second Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY HABS NY,24-BROK,36- (sheet 4 of 15).tif Brooklyn 1800 1041 East 22nd Street [1] 40°37′36.5″N 73°57′15.5″W / 40.626806°N 73.954306°W / 40.626806; -73.954306
The Wadsworth Homestead Geneseo, New York 1804 Built in 1804 by James Wadsworth who came to Geneseo in 1790. Originally a two-story foursquare home with an east–west central hallway dividing four rooms on the first and second floor. The house was enlarged in 1815, adding two large rooms to the south-end first floor and a nursery on the second floor. In 1875 Emmeline Austin Wadsworth had her son William move the house 100 yards to the south, using oxen. At this time Sturges and Brigham architects were hired to add a third floor and fine embellishments throughout, including carved fireplace mantels and a grand central stair. The home continues to be occupied by the Wadsworths.[13]
J. Crew and liquor store Manhattan, New York 1809 235 W Broadway. Small Federal style row house
Willets Point Farmhouse Bayside, now Fort Totten 1829 Built by Charles and Martha Willet and eventually moved to Fort Totten. The fort itself was built in 1857, and an Officer's Club was built in 1870 which is now home to the Bayside Historical Society.
Cantonment Farm 1812 This private residence is the last standing officers' barracks built in 1812.
Putnam County Court House
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Carmel 1814 Second oldest courthouse in the United States that remains in use
Clarkson Community Church Clarkson, New York 1825 This Protestant church, perhaps the oldest in western Monroe County, was established in 1816 and has operated continuously since that date. The original 1825 Colonial structure, with a 100' steeple, has had two subsequent additions (in 1967 and in 1985).
Dash home[citation needed] Eden,NY 1816 Has been consistently lived in since 1816. The property backs up to 18 mile creek & has a tributary with 5 waterfalls. There are 200 year old black walnut, apple & mulberry trees also on the property.
LaTourette House LaTourette House, Staten Island, NY.jpg Staten Island 1836 1836 brick Federal-style building now used as clubhouse for city-owned golf course.[14]
Anshe Slonim Synagogue Orens.JPG Lower Manhattan 1849 Oldest surviving synagogue building in New York City
203 East 29th Street 203 E 29th St.jpg Kips Bay, Manhattan 1790/1870 Private owned house dated back from 1790 or 1870 based on different sources. Listed in National Register of Historic Places

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  1. ^ "Tree-Ring Dating of the..." (PDF). 
  2. ^ "BEVIER HOUSE MUSEUM". Ulster County Historical Society. 
  3. ^ "Bryant Library Local History". The Bryant Library. 
  4. ^ Landmarks Preservation Commission. “Friends Meeting House.” August 18, 1970. Vertical files, Queens Borough Public Library.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historical Places – NEW YORK (NY), Rensselaer County". www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  6. ^ a b "A link to Capital Region through 3 centuries". Times Union. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  7. ^ Staats, W. L. (2012-10-16). Three Centuries on the Hudson River: One Family...One Dutch House. William Staats. ISBN 978-0-578-06243-3. 
  8. ^ "Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory - New York". www.dendrochronology.com. Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  9. ^ "History | Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn Rhinebeck New York". www.beekmandelamaterinn.com. Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  10. ^ Cutter, William Richard; Reynolds, Cuyler (1913). "14". Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation . (PDF). 3. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 1112. ISBN 9780806346755. OCLC 423822035. Retrieved 8 March 2018. Jan built house in the lower part of what is now village of Athens a short distance north Black Rock on ground later occupied as shipyard by Matthias Van Loon A from the original house bearing the 1706 JVL gives the name of builder and the date of erection. 
  11. ^ http://www.thewesterveltfamily.com/genealogy/021.html
  12. ^ "Indian Castle Church data pages". Historic American Buildings Survey. Library of Congress. 2007-11-16. 
  13. ^ "Home". Wadsworth Homestead. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  14. ^ Santoro, Lisa M. (2017-05-24). "Touring the historic homes of Staten Island's Lighthouse Hill". Curbed NY. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 

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