The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site is New York City’s only presidential birthplace opened to the public. Roosevelt was born on the site in 1858. In 1916, the house was demolished to make way for a retail building. Within weeks of his death, in 1919, the Women’s Roosevelt Memorial Association, purchased the lot on which the home had been located, and the adjoining one, to recreate his childhood home. The reconstructed home, which is made to look like the interior design of the house during the years of 1865-1872, was donated to the National Park Service in 1963.