Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Overview

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace NHS is located at 28 East 20th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived at this site from his birth on October 27, 1858 until he was 14 years old. The reconstructed house contains five period rooms, two museum galleries and a bookstore. Teedie, as young Roosevelt was nicknamed, was a sickly but bright boy, from a wealthy family. To improve his health, Teedie began an exercise program at the house's outdoor gymnasium that started a lifelong passion for the "strenuous life." After graduating from Harvard, Roosevelt pursued his boyhood dreams, as a rancher, naturalist, explorer, author and Colonel of the Rough Riders. His political service included reforming the U.S. Civil Service Commission and New York City Police Department, and terms as Governor of New York and Vice President of the U.S. Theodore Roosevelt became president when William McKinley was assassinated in September 1901. As President, Roosevelt pushed progressive reforms, such as conservation of public lands and trust busting, and negotiated an end to the war between Russia and Japan, for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt's original birthplace was demolished in 1916. After Roosevelt's death in 1919, the site was purchased by the Women's Roosevelt Memorial Association, rebuilt and decorated with many of its original furnishings by Roosevelt's sisters and wife.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

New York City is best visited during the fall and spring. Summer tends to be hot and humid, while winter can range from mild to extreme.

Directions

Driving: 

Parking in mid town Manhattan is extremely limited and extremely expensive. Driving is not recommended. Use of mass transit is preferable.

Public Transport: 

There are a variety of subway and bus lines near Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, 28 East 20th Street, Manhattan.

* Take the 4 or 5 (green), Q or N (yellow), or L (gray) subway to Union Square/East 14th Street.

* Take the 6 (green) subway to East 23rd Street at Park Avenue South.

* Take the R (yellow) subway to East 23rd Street at Broadway.

* Take the M-1 bus along Park Avenue South to East 23rd Street.

* Take the M-5 bus along Fifth Avenue to East 23rd Street.

* Take the M-2 or M-3 bus, running on both Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue South, to East 23rd Street.

* Take the M-23 crosstown bus along East 23rd Street to Broadway or Park Avenue South.

After taking public transportation, walk to East 20th Street. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace is between Park Avenue South and Broadway.