Draper, John W., House

Also known as: Draper Park, Henry Draper Observatory, Draper Cottage, Hastings Historical Society
407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York



This was the home (1840-82) of John W. Draper, the well-known mid-19th-century scientist who, in addition to significant contributions to physics and chemistry, also wrote important works in intellectual history. He is remembered for his pioneering work in photochemistry, especially for discoveries that contributed to the study of light diffraction and spectrum analysis. He was the first person to photograph the moon and the solar spectrum. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 15, 1975

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1975
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1840; 1882