Matthew Henson Residence

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Matthew Henson Residence
Matthew Henson Residence is located in New York City
Matthew Henson Residence
Location 246 W. 150th St., Apt. 3F, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Coordinates 40°49′31.6″N 73°56′19.5″W / 40.825444°N 73.938750°W / 40.825444; -73.938750Coordinates: 40°49′31.6″N 73°56′19.5″W / 40.825444°N 73.938750°W / 40.825444; -73.938750
Area less than one acre
Built 1928
NRHP Reference # 75001207[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 15, 1975[1]
Designated NHL May 15, 1975[2]

The Matthew Henson Residence is where Matthew Henson, the African American polar explorer, lived from 1929 until his death in 1955. Largely forgotten, he was arguably the first man to reach the North Pole in 1909, as he was assigned the task of breaking trail in explorer Robert Peary's expedition.[3] That argument is somewhat tenuous, in part because the expedition did not have the means to exactly determine the location of the North Pole and its having reached the North Pole was a matter of declaration.

His residence was apartment 3F within the 246 W. 150th Street building, which is part of the Dunbar Apartments, a NRHP-listed building. His residence was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Matthew Henson Residence". National Historic Landmark Quicklinks. National Park Service. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Dunbar Apartments (Matthew Henson Residence)" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination (National Park Service). 1983.  and "Dunbar Apartments (Matthew Henson Residence)--Accompanying photo, exterior, from 1974" (PDF). 

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