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Historic Ridgewood Onderdonk House finally getting roof replacement

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

It’s finally time to raise the roof off this old house.

Work to replace the roof of the landmarked Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, the city’s oldest Dutch Colonial residence, has finally commenced after being delayed a year.

The Ridgewood site, which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city landmark, serves as a museum in the neighborhood and hosts public and private events during the year, including weddings. It is also the home of the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society.

However, wear and tear on the more than 30-year-old roof, caused leaks during rain and after melting of large snow accumulations.

“If you were to go up to the second floor and look up you would see a lot of daylight,” said Steve Monte, a board member of the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society. “And it would only get worse.”

The Onderdonk House, named for former owners Paulus Vander Ende and Adrian Onderdonk, served as the boundary line between the towns of Newtown and Bushwick in 1769, settling a Brooklyn-Queens dispute.

In 2009, the society hosted a fundraiser to collect money for the roof replacement. And in the 2012, capital budget former Councilwoman Diana Reyna allocated $500,000 to the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society for the project. The budget for the project is $670,000, according to Community Board 5.

While the roof is being replaced, the museum is still open to the public on Saturdays and it will continue to host events. The roof replacement is scheduled to be completed by late September.




165-year-old St. Saviour’s may have new home

| brennison@queenscourier.com

St. Saviour's

A 165-year-old church may soon receive new life.

There have been discussions to move St. Saviour’s Church to the Onderdonk House, a fellow historic Queens locale.

St. Saviour’s has searched for a new home since being deconstructed four years ago. During that time it has been warehoused in trailers in Maspeth.

Bob Holden, who has spearheaded the search, said members on the board of the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society — which runs the Onderdonk House — seemed receptive to the idea.

Holden, the Juniper Park Civic Association president and St. Saviour’s advocate, said rebuilding the church on the Onderdonk House’s land provides them with a property for wedding receptions.

“An 1847 Carpenter Gothic church would fit nicely,” Holden said. “It could conceivably raise revenue.”

The Onderdonk House is a landmarked site on Flushing Avenue in Ridgewood and serves as a museum while also holding cultural events. Officials there could not be reached for comment.

A presentation to the board of the historic house in Ridgewood will be made in the coming months. A model of the project must first be constructed. If the board approves, the plan would also need to be okayed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The move would not be made until next year at the earliest, according to Holden, who noted that up to $2 million for the project has been earmarked by Borough President Helen Marshall’s office.

The Onderdonk House is just one of several choices for the church.

Other options include moving the church to a plot of land at All Faiths Cemetery or finding a spot in west Maspeth, where the church stood for more than 160 years.

Built in 1847, St. Saviour’s closed in 1995 due to a dwindling congregation. For more than a decade the church continued to stand on Maspeth Hill before deconstruction in 2008.

The main goal is just to ensure the church is rebuilt, but Holden said he knows where it belongs.

“The ideal plan is the original property,” he said. “It belongs in Maspeth.”