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Title [Louis H. Meyer estate, entrance to grotto]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1880-1890
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on off-white cardboard mount with gold edges. View of a narrow path between stone walls, leading to a stone arch; ivy and vines are growing on the walls and arch. Handwritten inscription in pen on reverse: "LH Meyer's residence / View of entrance to Grotto".
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 4 x 4.750
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.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Estates
Landscape photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Meyer, Louis H.
Meyer, Anna Charlotte (Luling)
Catalog Number PH01.1041
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.