The LeFevre House was built by merchant and businessman Ezekiel Elting in a style new to Huguenot Street. Whereas the 18th-century stone houses of Huguenot Street reflect traditional folk styles, the Elting home and store reflect the more up-to-date early Georgian (or Anglo-Dutch) style with its ordered symmetry. The house and its interiors are suggestive of the development of a more cosmopolitan and consumer-driven society in the early years of the United States, which resulted in the creation of a national character as opposed to the regionalism of the colonial period. Purchased by the LeFevre Family Association and donated to the Society in 1968.
The house is furnished with original LeFevre family heirlooms. Check out some of the photos from inside.
Help Us Preserve the 1799 LeFevre House
Professional architectural and engineering studies have uncovered a number of threats to its structure and integrity. Masonry restoration, as well as excavation, regrading, and other repairs are required to ensure this stately structure remains to welcome guests at the south entrance to the Huguenot Street National Historic Landmark District.
At the time of its construction, the LeFevre House was the most modern and forward-looking building to have been constructed in the village of New Paltz. The house’s massive brick façade contrasts with other stone houses on Huguenot Street and is a testament to early Federal-style architecture in the Hudson Valley.
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