|Title||View from Richmond Hill|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection|
Original B&W photo on gray cardboard mount. View from an elevated vantage point, looking out over a rural scene with a few scattered houses and barns, and farm fields divided by fences. St. Patrick's Church is visible at far right. A large potted plant (possibly aloe) is in the right foreground. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo (probably the photographer's handwriting): "No 258 / View from Richmond Hill." The mount has tape binding along one edge, suggesting it may have been part of an album.
(Keywords: New York, HRT)
|Print size||4 x 6.750|
|Ownership and History||
|Exhibit Label Heading||
View from Richmond Hill
|Exhibit Label Text||Almstaedt placed a large plant in the foreground as the focal point of this composition. The scene is a sweeping landscape near what is now Historic Richmond Town, with St. Patrick's Church visible at far right.|
|Exhibit Label Text||St. Patrick's Church was erected in the 1860s to serve the local Roman Catholic community, many of whom were of Irish heritage. Initially a simple brick structure, funds were borrowed in 1898 for improvements to the church, including the steeple which is not yet present in the scene captured by Almstaedt.|
|Exhibit Label Text||Several of the houses which appear in the picture still stand, on Center Street just east of Historic Richmond Town. The vantage point from which this photograph was taken became known as Lighthouse Hill after the Staten Island Lighthouse was built in 1907.|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.|
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