Bayside Historical Society
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Unknown, 1887

Bayside Historical Society was founded in 1964 to collect, preserve, and disseminate information concerning the history of Bayside and its adjacent communities, advocate for the preservation of its most historic structures and distinctive neighborhoods, and strive to develop a broad constituency of like-minded preservation and educational organizations to protect the historic integrity of our communities and collections. Since 1984, BHS has been located at the Castle in Fort Totten. Completed in 1887, the Castle is arguably the most distinctive structure at Fort Totten, and is one of the finest surviving examples in New York City of the Gothic Revival castellated style architecture. Perhaps the greatest significance of the Castle is the direct architectural tribute it pays to the emblem of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who used the building as their Officers' Mess Hall and Club. The Castle is a New York City designated landmark and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Access Notes: Parking is at the entry gate to Fort Totten. BHS does not have an elevator but there is a chair lift to the second floor. The building is wheelchair accessible.


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