“…the finest country house in Kings County” – Charles Andrew Ditmas, 1909
In 1719 Johannes Lott purchased property from the Voorhies family and constructed a simple farmhouse by 1720. This house was incorporated in the largest house constructed by his grandson Hendrick I. Lott in 1800.
The Lott House is a traditional Dutch-American vernacular farmhouse on its exterior. It features the classic gambrel roof these houses are famous for. However, the interior of the house exhibits a much grander style. Its high ceilings, and decorative fireplaces mantles and moldings highlight Hendrick’s profession as a house carpenter in Manhattan during the last decade of the 18th century.
The Lott House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a New York City landmark. New York City purchased the house in 2001 from the Lott family, marking the end of the longest continual ownership of a property by a single family within the City.