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MAS Position on Hubbard House, 2138 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn

The Hubbard House in Gravesend, Brooklyn remains today as one of only a dozen surviving Dutch farmhouses in the greater New York metropolitan area. The settlement of the Dutch in this area was crucial to the development of New York. Built in the 1830s, the Hubbard residence is notable for its remarkably intact condition. Additionally, its easy-to-read design incorporates both traditional Dutch framing techniques and pioneered the use of later, standardized building materials such as machine-cut nails and lumber. Both the National Register of Historic Places, which listed the property in 2001, and the New York Landmarks Conservancy who awarded a maintenance grant to the residence, have recognized the Hubbard House for its historic meaning and visibility of purpose. The designation of the Hubbard House would ensure that the physical reminders of this legacy continue to inform our understanding of Dutch settlement and culture. I commend the Commission for calendaring this building and urge you to designate it a New York City landmark.