Our restoration of this historic site focuses on renovating the Chess & Checkers House, ensuring the building and its surrounding landscape are accessible to modern Park users while maintaining the spirit of the area’s original purpose and design.
The Children's District is the historic name of an area near the southeast corner of Central Park, north of the Pond at 59th Street and south of the 65th Street Transverse, between the Center Drive and the East Drive. Once home to the The Kinderberg, also referred to as the Children’s Shelter or the Nursery, the building was razed in the 1940s, and in 1952, the existing Chess & Checkers House was constructed on the site. The Conservancy’s restoration effort will recreate a rustic shelter based on the original Kinderberg structure, as well as update the interior and exterior of the Chess & Checkers house.
- Recreating a rustic shelter encompassing the existing Chess & Checkers House
- Restoring the exterior of the Chess & Checkers House, and renovating the interior
- Installing public restrooms as well as space to support public programs
- Increasing site accessibility
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THE KINDERBERG STRUCTURE
- Recreating a rustic shelter, encompassing the existing Chess & Checkers House
- Replacing existing asphalt hexagonal pavers in-kind
- Constructing an ADA-accessible ramp to the facility on the slope on the east side of the Kinderberg, adjacent to the existing stairs
- Restoring the existing stairs and add handrails
THE CHESS & CHECKERS HOUSE
- Replacing the roof, cupola, windows, and doors in-kind
- Renovating the interior of the Chess & Checkers House to include public restrooms as well as space to support public programs
- Upgrading existing mechanical and utility systems
Construction work is underway, and we anticipate the project to be completed in spring 2023.
The project is a continuation of the restoration of the Children’s District that began with the Conservancy’s recently completed restoration of the Dairy.