Rosedale, at the very southeastern tip of Queens, was home to a large farming community as late as the 1930s. Some of the better known and larger ones were Anton Hoffner’s Farm, Joseph Brothers Farm, John Miller and Sons Farm, John Santa Marie’s Farm, Albert Schmitt and Brothers Farm and the George Schmitt Farm.
In the late 1930s the construction of homes in an area off Laurelton Parkway called Beaux Arts Park began. The builder was the Parkway Construction Co., owned by Morris Praver (1893-1978), who lived a short distance away on 231st Street in Laurelton with his wife, Hilda, and their two sons. The salesman was his younger brother Albert Praver.
The small brick capes were built on 41-by-90-foot lots. Heated by oil, they went on sale in the summer of 1938, when 130th Avenue still wasn’t even paved. The selling price was $5,225.
One of the first buyers in the new development was World War I veteran Joseph McCulloch, who left his apartment on Putnam Street in Brooklyn, put down $100 on contract and another $425 at closing and moved into 243-24 130 Ave. by Christmas.
Once residents moved in they quickly learned that the name Beaux Arts Park was not recognized by the U.S. Postal Office and their correct address was Rosedale.
After the civil rights gains of the late 1960s, some of the large black population that had been confined to South Jamaica since the 1800s moved east and purchased these beautiful, affordable Rosedale homes.
Today these homes are just as beautiful as they were 75 years ago, with many enhanced by carports, porches and pools.