36-12 Prince Street
Flushing, NY 11356
Latimer House was the home of African-American scientist and inventor Lewis H. Latimer. It is undergoing restoration and will open as a museum with period rooms and galleries dedicatd to Latimer's life and work.
Latimer, concealing his youthful age, voluteered and fought in the Civil War. After the war he worked for an engineering firm, and by observation and study he became a self-taught draftsman and worked his way up in the new electrical industry to become an accomplished electrical engineer. He drafted patent plans for Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and was one of the pioneers who worked with Thomas Edison. Latimer invented a new, more durable filament for the electric light bulb which is displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. An expert in the technique of electrification, he supervised the installation of electric street lighting in Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and London.
The Latimer Houes was saved from demolition and moved from Holly Avenue to Leavitt Field, in Flushing. Latimers' study will be recreated, and other parts of the house will be used as galleries.