Van Alen House

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Luykas Van Alen House
1737 Luykas Van Alen House
Van Alen House is located in New York
Van Alen House
Van Alen House is located in the United States
Van Alen House
LocationKinderhook, NY
Nearest cityHudson
Coordinates42°22′51.94″N 73°41′29.10″W / 42.3810944°N 73.6914167°W / 42.3810944; -73.6914167Coordinates: 42°22′51.94″N 73°41′29.10″W / 42.3810944°N 73.6914167°W / 42.3810944; -73.6914167
Architectural styleColonial, Dutch
NRHP reference #67000011
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 24, 1967[1]
Designated NHLDecember 24, 1967[2]

The Van Alen House or Luykas Van Alen House is a historic Dutch brick farmhouse built in approximately 1737 in the Hudson River valley. Located on NY 9H, about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Kinderhook village in Columbia County, New York and 2 miles (3.2 km) south of US 9, the house is a National Historic Landmark.

The "Van Alen House" and its farm are believed to have served as the inspiration for homestead of the Van Tassel family in Washington Irving's short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Irving was a close friend of Kinderhook native (and U.S. President) Martin Van Buren, a neighbor of the "Van Alen House" and a frequent guest in the town.[3] The house is currently operated by the Columbia County Historical Society as a historic house museum showing 18th century Dutch Colonial life.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967.[2]

This property (interior and exterior) was a location scene in the 1993 Martin Scorsese film, "The Age of Innocence" starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis.

See also[edit]

Van Allen House, another old house with similar family name is in Oakland, New Jersey, near which were several other branches of the Van Alen Van Allen family.

John Evert Van Alen House is another house of the same family, the Van Alen House, in Defreestville, New York, across from Albany.

Further reading[edit]

  • Great Houses of the Hudson River, Michael Middleton Dwyer, editor, with preface by Mark Rockefeller, Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, published in association with Historic Hudson Valley, 2001. ISBN 0-8212-2767-X.
  • Dutch Colonial architecture (New Netherland)


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  2. ^ a b "Van Alen House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-07.
  3. ^ p. 50, Elizabeth L. Bradley, Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York, Rivergate (Rutgers University Press) 2009.

External links[edit]

HABS image of Van Alen showing west profile