John Bowne House

John Bowne House
Coordinates 40°45′46″N 73°49′32″W / 40.76278°N 73.82556°W / 40.76278; -73.82556Coordinates: 40°45′46″N 73°49′32″W / 40.76278°N 73.82556°W / 40.76278; -73.82556
Area 9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built ca. 1661
Architectural style Anglo-Dutch Colonial
NRHP Reference # 77000974[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 13, 1977
Designated NYCL February 15, 1966

The John Bowne House is an historic home important for its role in establishing religious tolerance located at 37-01 Bowne Street, Flushing, Queens, New York.

Built around 1661, it was the location of a Quaker meeting in 1662 that resulted in the arrest of its owner, John Bowne, by Peter Stuyvesant, Dutch Director-General of New Netherland. Bowne appealed his arrest successfully to the Dutch West India Company and established a precedent for religious tolerance and freedom in the colony. His appeal helped to serve as the basis for the later guarantees of freedom of religion, speech and right of assembly in the Constitution.

The Bowne House has been a museum since 1947, except for being closed the last ten years. After an exterior renovation, it has recently reopened on Wednesday afternoons and by appointment.

The home is a wood-frame Anglo-Dutch Colonial saltbox, notable for its steeply pitched roof with three dormers. The house was altered several times over the centuries, and several generations of the Bowne family lived in the house until 1945, when the family deeded the property to the Bowne Historical Society. The Bowne House reportedly served as a stop on the Underground Railroad prior to the American Civil War.[2][3][4][5]

Archaeological investigations have been conducted by Dr. James A. Moore of Queens College, City University of New York.[6]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1] It is also a New York City landmark.

See also


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. Glenn, Thomas Allen (1898–1900). Some Colonial Mansions and Those Who Lived in Them. Philadelphia, Pa.: H. T. Coates.
  3. Haynes, Trebor (n.d. [1952?]). Bowne House: A Shrine to Religious Freedom. New York: Flushing Savings Bank. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. Jackson, Kenneth T. (ed.). The Encyclopedia of New York City. New York: The New-York Historical Society. p. 133.
  5. Elizabeth K. Ralph (March 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: John Bowne House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-01-12. See also: "Accompanying six photos".
  6. Moore, James A. (2004). Putting People in the House: Bowne House Archaeology, 1997–2000. New Perspectives on the Bowne House: Archaeology and Architecture. Queensborough Public Library, Flushing Branch.


This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/25/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.