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Title [Richmond Wagon Works]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Studio or Publisher Empire Photo View Co.
Date ca. 1900-1910
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. Diagonal front and side view of a large 3-story brick building with a large open door and two signs: "CARRIAGE & WAGON PAINTING." and "JOHN F. SCHWIEBERT. / RICHMOND WAGON WORKS." Six men stand in front of the building; all wear overalls, and three wear hats. At left is a 2-story clapboard building. At right is a low brick or stone wall topped with a wooden fence; a frame structure that appears to be partly covered in vines stands behind the fence; there is a utility pole in front of the fence. Stamped inscription on reverse of mount: "EMPIRE PHOTO VIEW CO., / 757 THIRD AVE., COR. 47TH ST., / NEW YORK."
(Keywords: HRT, New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 6.125 x 7.625
Ownership and History This carriage and wagon manufactory was built around 1858 by Isaac Marsh. The building stood on Richmond Road between Arthur Kill Road and St. Patrick's Place in Richmond, Staten Island. The ground floor held a blacksmith and a wood shop; the repository (showroom) was on the second floor, and painting was done on the top floor. Since the building was situated on a slope, both the first and second stories had street-level access.

After Marsh died in 1896, the business was taken over by John F. Schwiebert, a factory foreman. By the early 1900s Schwiebert advertised that he provided both carriage and auto repair, and by 1917 they were manufacturing truck chassis. The firm was out of business by 1940, and the brick factory building was condemned and demolished in 1945.
Earliest Date 1896
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Carriages & coaches
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Schwiebert, John F., Sr.
Schwiebert, John F., Jr.
Catalog Number PH01.1196
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2016.
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