27. Ralph Johnson Bunche House (1927)

Ralph Johnson Bunche House

Located in Kew Gardens, Queens is the Ralph Johnson Bunche House, named after the first African American and first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Bunche helped to found the United Nations and won the Nobel for mediating armistice agreements between Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. He would later research and work on crises around the world in the Sinai, the Congo, and Yemen, and he supervised the ceasefire following the 1960s war between India and Pakistan. For his work with the UN, he was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy.

The house was built in 1927 in the neo-Tudor style, and Bunche was later sold the property by Jack Sturm in 1952. Bunche moved into the house with his wife and three children and lived there until his death in 1971. The Kew Gardens home was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Washington D.C. and Los Angeles also have their own homes dedicated to the Nobel laureate, as he lived in each while working at Howard University and while growing up respectively. The property is currently for sale.