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Title View from Richmond Hill
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description 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
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History



Exhibit Label Heading View from Richmond Hill
Staten Island
ca. 1885
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.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Landscape photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.019.0004.B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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