|Title||[Louis H. Meyer house]|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
Original B&W print on brown cardboard mount with gold edges. Close-up view of the home of Louis H. Meyer; it is a two-story house with a small porch covered by an awning. Ivy grows on the exterior of the house. A horse-drawn carriage with two horses is stopped on the drive in front of the door; a man is seated in the driver's seat, holding a whip. Two girls stand in the doorway of the house. Identified by a previous cataloger as the south front view of the house.
|Print size||7.750 x 9.750|
|Ownership and History||The Louis H. Meyer family resided on an estate known as Fox Villa in the Fort Wadsworth area of Staten Island, New York. Mr. Meyer, a prominent businessman, was the first president of the Staten Island Savings Bank, and he and his wife Anna lavished money on their twenty-acre estate. Contemporary descriptions noted that the house had more than twenty bedrooms, and a dining room that could seat 60. He imported trees and shrubs from Europe to create romantic vistas on the property, built greenhouses for tropical fruit, and constructed a grotto where he produced Shakespearean plays. The home later became the Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House.|
Carriages & coaches
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
Meyer, Louis H.
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