The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    Celebrating Kingston's Architecture

    Kingston, the third oldest city and largest surviving early Dutch settlement in New York State, has some of the oldest and most historic architecture in the Hudson River Valley and the state. The street plan of the original walled village laid out in 1658 by Peter Stuyvesant, Director-General of New Netherlands, remains today, and many limestone houses built by the early European settlers and their descendants still stand within the eight-block area known as the Stockade Historic District.

    The story of the city’s more recent settlers -- the melting pot of immigrants who poured into the waterfront area in the nineteenth century -- is reflected in the Rondout-West Strand Historic District, a separate village until 1872. The growth of Rondout’s population and prosperity can be traced uphill to the adjoining Chestnut Street Historic District. Click Here for Walking Tour.  Beginning in mid-century, affluent Rondout businessmen built large residences overlooking their enterprises and affording expansive views of the Hudson River. At the same time, the Fair Street District, another neighborhood of fashionable homes began to be built along the streets bordering the Stockade District.

    For a more detailed description of each of these four unique neighborhoods, read the brochure, Kingston’s Historic Districts.

    Kingston’s midtown area retains many buildings that reflect the city’s role as a major manufacturing center for ladies’ garments and cigars. In the heart of the area stands Kingston’s exquisitely restored City Hall, a testament to the worth of preserving historic buildings.

    Explore this site to learn about Kingston’s treasury of architecture and how you can help preserve it. If you are contemplating making changes to a building within one of the city’s historic districts, Preservation Guidelines takes you step-by-step through the design review process and outlines guidelines for restoring a home or commercial building. 7 Ways To Love Your Older Home provides practical advice for repairing or restoring your older home. The Kingston Historic Preservation Library Reference List, at the Kingston Public Library, offers a wealth of resources on the history of Hudson Valley architecture and how-to publications for restoring old materials. You can also view and print out applications for building permits, zoning variances and historic landmark designation. For information and answers to your questions, contact:

    Julie Edelson-Safford, City of Kingston Historic Preservation Administrator, Planning Department at City Hall (845) 334-3931.