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Title [Public School 16]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1895
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on black cardboard mount with red edges. Interior view of an auditorium in Public School 16 (P.S. 16), viewed on a diagonal from a back corner of the room. The room has rows of attached wooden chairs on metal frames; in the front of the room is a stage. The ceiling is arched, with a row of hanging light fixtures; the wall at left has windows. Embossed inscription in lower right corner: "PORTRAIT & LANDSCAPE / I. Almstaedt / PHOTO, / TOMPKINSVILLE, S.I." Handwritten inscription on reverse at bottom (barely legible): "Edward E. Johnson 115 Townsend Ave S.I. 4."
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 6.750 x 8.875
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History Photographer Isaac Almstaedt made several photographs documenting Public School 16 when it was a new, state-of-the-art construction. It was located in New Brighton, Staten Island (in a neighborhood now considered to be part of Tompkinsville). The school was demolished in 1970.

The building was designed by Staten Island resident Edward Alfred Sargent (1842-1914), a prolific and well-respected architect. He designed hundreds of Staten Island residences, many of which survive in the St. George historic district. Sargent also designed numerous public and commercial buildings, including four public schools, a Masonic lodge (still standing at 514 Bay Street), and the B&O Railroad flats, which were located at Bay Street and Victory Boulevard.
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1900
Subjects Schools
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Sargent, Edward Alfred
Catalog Number PH01.0334
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2017.
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.