After the seminary for which the neighborhood is named for—St. Paul's College—closed in the 1850s, College Point became the factory town of German-American, Conrad Poppenhusen. This industrialist's legacy is evidenced in the sometimes striking adjacencies of residential structures up against large industrial buildings, mainly in the older, western portion of the neighborhood, next to Flushing Bay. Also in evidence, are the smaller sizes and proportions of older, traditional homes and materials available back then. Of course, some of the common contemporary housing styles of Queens can also be found here, especially at the northern, East River edge of the neighborhood where recent tracts have developed. But for the most part, College Point maintains a diverse mix of family-friendly housing types, transformed over time, and densely packed on the accentuated topography of small ridges and valleys belonging to this unique peninsula of land.