List of the oldest buildings in New York
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.
|Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House||Canarsie, Brooklyn||1652||Oldest surviving structure in New York|
|John Bowne House||Flushing||1661||Oldest surviving structure in Queens; once hosted a well-known Quaker meeting|
|Billiou–Stillwell–Perine House||Staten Island||1662||Oldest surviving structure in Staten Island|
|Bronck House||Coxsackie||1663||Oldest house in Upstate New York|
|Brewster House||East Setauket||1665||One of the oldest houses on Long Island|
|Cubberly-Britton Cottage||Staten Island||1670|
|Abraham Manee House||Staten Island||1670|
|Timothy Knapp House||Rye||1670||Listed on National Register of Historic Places|
|Conference House||Staten Island||1675||Listed as a National Historic Landmark|
|Jans Martense Schenck house||Brooklyn||1675||Originally in Flatlands; installed within the Brooklyn Museum 1964|
|Old Senate House||City of Kingston||1676||New York State Constitution written and signed here|
|Bevier House Museum||Marbletown||1680 ||Currently houses the Ulster County Historical Society|
|Van Nostrand-Starkins House||Roslyn||1680||Main Street Historic District (Roslyn, New York)|
|Philipse Manor Hall||Yonkers||1682||Oldest surviving structure in Westchester County.|
|Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow||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.|
|Old Halsey House||Village of Southampton||1688||1688 According to dendrochronology survey by Oxford, 1683 build date according to the local historical society in Southampton http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org/|
|Alice Austen House||Staten Island||1690||Built by a Dutch merchant then remodeled in the Gothic Revival Style in 1844|
|Jeremiah Conklin House||Amagansett||1690||Built by Jeremiah Conkling and his wife Mary, daughter of Lion Gardiner, first English settler of New York colony|
|Joseph Whitman House||West Hills, Long Island||1692|
|Old Quaker Meeting House||Flushing||1694||Oldest religious building in New York City still standing |
|Voorlezer's House||Staten Island||1695||Oldest school house in America|
|Joachim Staats House||Staats Island, Rensselaer County||1696||Called Hoogebergh, meaning "high hill", the house has remained the family homestead since it was erected by Joachim Staats in 1696. 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.|
|Old House||Cutchogue||1699||Dated by dendrochronology|
|De Wint House||Tappan||1700||Washington Revolutionary headquarters; one of the oldest surviving buildings in Rockland County|
|Ezra Carll Homestead||South Huntington, Long Island||1700|
|Jarvis-Fleet House||Huntington, Long Island||1700|
|Lispenard–Rodman–Davenport House||New Rochelle||1700|
|Tobias van Steenburgh House||Kingston||1700||One of the few buildings in Kingston not burned in 1777 by British troops|
|Treasure House||Staten Island||1700|
|Tysen-Neville House||Staten Island||1700|
|John Wood House||Huntington Station, Long Island||1704||Built by a Dutch merchant then remodeled in the Gothic Revival Style in 1844|
|Mabee House||Rotterdam||1705||The oldest house in the Mohawk Valley|
|Jan Van Loon House||Village of Athens||1706||One of the oldest houses in Greene County|
|Crailo||Rensselaer||1707||Residence of Hendrick van Rensselaer|
|Madam Brett Homestead||Beacon||1709||Oldest building in Dutchess County, first house on Rombout Patent, on National Register|
|Gomez Mill House||Town of Newburgh||1712||Oldest known extant residence of a Jewish American|
|Lewis Pintard House||New Rochelle||1710||Home of Revolutionary War patriot Lewis Pintard|
|Fraunces Tavern||Lower Manhattan||1719||Etienne "Stephen" DeLancey built the current building as his house; tavern since 1762|
|Brinckerhoff House||Fishkill, NY||1717||Originally two-room stone cottage used as a trading post and later rebuilt as a mansion & now converted to an Inn.|
|Pieter Winne House||Selkirk, Albany County||1720||Purportedly the oldest house in the Town of Bethlehem|
|Ariaanje Coeymans House||Coeymans||1720||There is another Coeymans house a mile south of this one, on the Hannacroix Creek. Date unknown.|
|Hendrick I. Lott House||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||Hamptonburgh||1720s||Property also contains the oldest intact Dutch barn in the state|
|Kreuzer-Pelton House||Staten Island||1722|
|Albertus Van Loon House||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||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||Albany||1728||Oldest stand-alone structure in Albany|
|Lent Homestead||East Elmhurst, Queens||1729||The western portion of the house may date to 1654|
|Benner House||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||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||Centerport, Long Island||c. 1730|
|John Rogers House||Dix Hills, Long Island||1732|
|Queen Anne Parsonage||Fort Hunter||1734|
|Cornelius Van Wyck House||Douglaston||1735|
|Nicoll-Sill House – Bethlehem House||Selkirk, Albany County||c.1735||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||Staten Island||1740|
|Kasparus Westervelt House ||Town of Poughkeepsie||1745|
|Van Cortlandt House||Van Cortlandt Park||1748||Oldest building in the Bronx|
|Creedmoor (Cornell) Farmhouse||Glen Oaks||1750|
|David Conklin House||Huntington, Long Island||c. 1750|
|Ireland-Gardiner Farm||Greenlawn, Long Island||c. 1750|
|Isaac Losee House||Huntington, Long Island||c. 1750||One of the oldest private residences on Long Island|
|Henry Smith Farmstead||Huntington Station, Long Island||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|
|William Arthur House||Smithtown||1752|
|Stone Jug||Clermont||1752||Contributing property to the Hudson River Historic District|
|The Old 76 House||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||Staten Island||1756|
|Valentine–Varian House||Norwood||1758||Second oldest house in the Bronx|
|Strawberry Hill||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||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).|
|Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead||Flatlands, Brooklyn||1766|
|Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn||Village of Rhinebeck||1766||Oldest surviving inn in America and oldest structure in the village.|
|Indian Castle Church||Danube||1769||Only colonial Indian missionary church surviving in the state, and the only Iroquois building surviving from its time|
|Fulton County Courthouse||Johnstown||1772||Oldest courthouse in the United States that remains in use|
|Lefferts Homestead||Brooklyn||1777||Moved to Prospect Park from its original location at 563 Flatbush Avenue|
|Dyckman House||Inwood, Manhattan||1784||Only remaining original farmhouse in Manhattan|
|Edward Mooney House||Manhattan||1785||Oldest surviving row house in Manhattan|
|Stone-Tolan House||Brighton||c. 1792||A Federal-style structure said to be the oldest surviving building in Monroe County|
|Joost Van Nuyse House||Flatlands, Brooklyn||1793|
|Bridge Cafe||Manhattan||1795||Oldest wooden building in Manhattan|
|Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church||Flatbush||1796|
|Blackwell House||Roosevelt Island||1796||’|
|Van Nuyse-Magaw House||Midwood||1800||1041 East 22nd Street |
|Wadsworth Homestead||Geneseo||1804||Built in 1804 by James Wadsworth who came to Geneseo in 1790. Originally a two-story foursquare home. Enlarged in 1815|
|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||Carmel||1814||Second oldest courthouse in the United States that remains in use|
|Clarkson Community Church||Clarkson||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||Eden||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.|
|Hull Family Home and Farmstead||Lancaster||c1820||Lived in until 1990’S, but is now a preserved home and is able to be visited. The Hulls moved into the property c1800 but built the house in 1820. The house is the oldest stone house in Erie county.|
|LaTourette House||Staten Island||1836||1836 brick Federal-style building now used as clubhouse for city-owned golf course.|
|Anshe Slonim Synagogue||Lower Manhattan||1849||Oldest surviving synagogue building in New York City|
|203 East 29th Street||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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