Councilman Constantinides Support Landmarking the Dulcken House in Astoria
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Please express your support to Councilmember Costa Constantinidis to urge the New York Landmark Preservation Commission to landmark the Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken House in Astoria, Queens. This home is a French Second Empire architectural style house from the 1800's.
The Dulcken Family were the first family of music. Everyone who is a musician and lover of music owes them a debt as instrument makers, composers, artists and teachers of music. The Dulcken Family immigrated to New York from Germany. The Dulcken Family were instrument makers, making keyboard instruments, organs and pianos. They had workshops in Amsterdam, Antwep and Munich.
Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken (owner of the house) was born in 1837 and was one of six children of Theobald and Louise Dulcken. Ferdinand studied music with his uncle, Ferdinand David and his uncle's close friend, Felix Medelssohn. He continued the family tradition as a performer, a composer and as a teacher. He also managed a number of the greatest concert artists of his age. Going back to the first family of music Ferdinand's great great grandfather Johannes was one of the outstanding harpsichord craftsman of all time. Expanding into other keyboard instruments, organs and pianos, his family has workshops in Amsterdam, Antwep and Munich. Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken's mother, Louise David was the sister of Ferdinand David one of the greatest violinists of all time. Louise, his mother was the first female pianist to perform with the London Philharmonic.
When Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken moved to New York in 1876, he helped the Steinway's make New York City the worldwide center of entertainment. Ferdinand Quentin Dulcken grew to earn the title as father of music education in America. In 1884 he married Mary Toten of Bowery Bay. Contemporary writers described their house as a museum filled with mementos from the family's as well as New York's early history. Before his death he placed New York as the World's Capital of Culture. He died in 1901.
This house deserves to be restored and preserved as a New York City Landmark. Astoria, Queens is filled with great history, historic and important people and events as well as architecture. The way things are going with developers, real estate, blockbusting, out of character and outrageous zoning, there will be nothing left for our community or generations to come to enjoy, preserve and celebrate our history and architecture.
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