Deep in the southernmost reaches of Brooklyn, the Hendrick I. Lott house is a living time capsule of Gotham history, an extraordinary survivor from the Age of Discovery, a home to scores of women and men, immigrant and native-born, enslaved and free, who helped transform a wild land into New York City. On this members-only Untapped Cities Insiders tour, go inside this house, which is rarely opened to the public, with Friends of the Lott House board member, Alyssa Loorya, who is also president of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants, a leading urban archeology firm in New York City. One of the extraordinary finds in this house is a closet believed to have been used to hide runaway slaves, with the house serving as an important stop in South Brooklyn on the Underground Railroad.  

Still standing in its original orientation on its original site, the Hendrick I. Lott House is a rare surviving Dutch-American house in New York City. At its peak, the Lott family owned over 200 acres worth of land, according to the Historic House Trust. Much of their property would be sold off in the 1920s, with the neighborhood later becoming known as Marine Park, but the house remained in the family. As a result, the house is full of decorations, architectural detail, and other artifacts. Friends of the Lott House is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret the history and material culture of the 1720 and 1800 Hendrick I. Lott farmhouse.

DATE: Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 2 – 3:30 PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 22 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Opens Friday, June 29th at 12 PM EST


  • Learn about the history of the Lott House from urban archeology expert and Marine Park resident, Alyssa Loorya of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants who also serves on the board of Friends of the Lott House
  • See an Underground Railroad hiding spot inside the house, which still contains newspapers that date to the Civil War
  • See a host of original decorations, architectural detail, and artifacts from the Lott family and the site itself

HOW TO BOOK: This is a members-only tour for Untapped Cities Insiders.

If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account, and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 6/29 at 12 PM EST.

If you are not an Untapped Cities Insider yet, join today and register for this tour on this page when tickets go live on 6/29 at 12 PM EST.

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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

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See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.