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The Lott House - circa 1920

By the 1630's, the first European settlers, Dutch farmers, were looking for fertile land to support the new Dutch West India Company's trading outpost of New Amsterdam (on the island of Manhattan). Northern Brooklyn was not well-suited for farming since the land was hilly, and the soil was quite rocky. However, southern Brooklyn was much more appealing to the Dutch farmers. In the 1650's Dutch settler, Johannes H. Lott settled in what is now present-day Marine Park. In fact, his landholding was quite extensive. It is believed that the Lott family owned land extending west from Flatbush Ave. up to Ocean Ave. And, Kings Highway south to Gerritsen Creek and Sheepshead Bay. In 1800, a larger house was built and owned by Hendrick I. Lott. This house still stands today at 1940 East 36 Street. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the Lott's sold off portions of their land. The above photo (circa 1920) is the Lott House: you are looking southwest, at the east and north sides of the house. Notice the stone kitchen just left of the house and the barns to the right. Note: The dirt road in the foreground is Fillmore Avenue.

To download a large map (245Kb) of the area click here - Lott House Photo and Map. Be Patient.

The Lott House 1900 and 2001

The Lott House, (circa 1900) southside, before East 36 Street was constructed. The Lott House, eastside from East 36 Street - 2001

During the 1920's, the southern part of Brooklyn was being transformed -- due to construction and the area's growing population. In the late 1920's, Marine Park was divided into its current street pattern of alphabetized avenues and numerical streets. Electrical, phone, water, and sewer lines were installed. By 1930, the Lott farmstead was reduced to its current size of three-quarter acre of land. Notice the two pictures below: the left picture shows the Lott's Stone Kitchen around 1915. However, city officials ordered its destruction, about 1926, because it was in the path of the new street (East 36 Street) and sidewalk to be constructed. The photo on the right shows the foundation of the Stone Kitchen in 1998. The Lott kitchen was excavated in 1998 by the Brooklyn College Archaeological Research Center (BC-ARC). A project, I was proud to be apart of -- see a photo of me at the excavation on the first page of Marine Park.

The Lott House Kitchen - circa 1915 The Lott House Kitchen foundation remains - 1998

Photo Sources: De Boerenwoning - Hendrick I. Lott Preservation Association and Mr. G

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