The Senate House State Historic Site
This historic building is where the State of New York was formally established in 1777. It was originally built by Dutch immigrant Wessel Wesselse Ten Broeck sometime after 1659 (the exact date is not clear). Broeck arrived from Westphalia, what is now modern Germany. The original foundation of house still exists but the building has been modified significantly during the 17th through 20th centuries. The house features furniture and other items that represent how Dutch immigrants lived in the 18th century. An adjacent building was constructed in 1927 to accommodate the growing museum collection. This building houses the paintings, drawings other works of John Vanderlyn (1775-1852), the artist who painted the "Landing of Columbus" on the ceiling of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The house was placed on that National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The site also features the Loughran House, which was built in 1873.
Backstory and Context