6. Rose Hill House (~1837)
In 1747, John Watts bought the Rose Hill House as part of a land purchase, and he developed the property to include a main house, additional houses, outbuildings, orchards, and gardens. The estate took on the name Rose Hill Farm after the property Watts owned in Scotland.
Watts, however, was exiled from New York in 1811 because of his loyalty to England during the American Revolution. The main house on this lot was burned to make room for individual lots. In the 1900s the house served as a junk shop with apartments above it. In 1979 the house was converted to a three-story bedroom apartment.
Today, the original framing and roof are left intact and date the house back to the 1790s. Interestingly, the house is located at 203 East 29th Street and appears to look as if it is floating in mid air amongst New York’s brick buildings!