|Title||[Louis H. Meyer estate, entrance to grotto]|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
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.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
Meyer, Louis H.
Meyer, Anna Charlotte (Luling)
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