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Transformed Lewis Latimer House Museum Reopens

Every time you flip a light switch, you should think of Lewis Latimer. He invented a method for a longer lasting carbon filament, making lighting practical and affordable for everyone, working to “Light Up the World.” The museum reopened to the public on June 15th, transformed into an interactive, tech-forward space after seven months of remodeling. The New York Landmarks Conservancy helped by funding a new ramp to make the space ADA-accessible.

Conservancy staff were onsite for the ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 12th and joined by Hugh B. Price, Latimer’s great-grandnephew and future museum chairman along with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. and other nonprofit local organizations. During Borough President Richards’ remarks, he mentioned that his work stands on the shoulders of forward-thinking black men like Lewis Latimer. Latimer was ahead of his time as a self-taught inventor, artist, and patent expert.

The permanent exhibit has been redesigned by Isometric Studio highlighting the achievements of this inventor of color and funded by the Mellon Foundation. The historic home will now allow for more engaging hands-on STEAM experiences. Located at the corner of 137th and Leavitt Streets, the yellow-frame Queen Anne-style home offers an engaging chance to learn more about Latimer’s contributions and to engage in modern science.

The renovation was mentioned in The New York Times


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