Historic Building in Brooklyn: Poppenhusen Institute
Built in 1868 and located in College Point, Queens, the Poppenhusen Institute provided the first free kindergarten and the first free evening classes for adults in America. Set up with a charter to provide vocational training to all people, irrespective of their nationality or background, the purpose of the Institute was to give people the opportunity to improve their lives through educational advancement. The Institute also aimed to provide protection and care for infants under the age of five.
As the Institute developed, additional classes were added, including classes devoted entirely to teaching English. More advanced classes were also added, including draftsmanship, machine shop techniques and training for industrial workers. To this day, the Institute thrives as a recognized trade school, while also serving as a cultural center.
Though first and foremost an educational institution, the Poppenhusen Institute has also housed a bank, a library, the Sheriff’s Office and a popular singing society.
Visitors are welcome to come see the Poppenhusen Institute’s unique architecture, constructed in the Victorian style that was popular in that day. Each of its 5 stories boasts a roomy interior with examples of fine carpentry on each floor. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Plumbwell Services – Staying Current with Your Heating and Plumbing Needs
At Plumbwell Services, when we see a building as majestic and wonderful as the Poppenhusen Institute, we can’t help but wonder… what was the plumbing and heating like in the original building?! Yes, it’s a Plumbwell thing – but we can’t help but think about heating and plumbing! It’s all we do!
One thing we’re glad about – heating and plumbing technology has changed since 1868. With over three decades of experience, we stay current as to the latest technology and advancements in both the Plumbing and Heating industries, so as to provide the best options for our customers.
We are also love what we do and are passionate about our work. We look forward to helping you with your plumbing and heating needs.