Dated 1910, The Gatehouse and Lodge can be seen at the entrance to the community of Jamaica Estates. Jamaica Estates began north of the colonial town of Jamaica in 1907. According to the Long Island Farmer on Aug. 13, 1907, “The initial step in what promises to be an important realty development in Jamaica has been taken in the incorporation of Jamaica Estates.”
The lodge and gatehouse were designed by John Petit of Kirby, Petit & Green and erected in 1908 at a cost of $50,000. Today, the gatehouse displays a bronze World War II memorial plaque dedicated on Nov. 10, 1950 with the names of 10 young men from Jamaica Estates who died in action. The photo is from the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy archives.
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