|Title||[Louis H. Meyer estate, east front]|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
Original B&W print on brown cardboard mount with gold edges. View of a large 2 1/2-story house with a mansard roof; there is a tower in the center, and a wide porch. The house is seen from across the lawn, with a curved path leading to the house. Near the porch is a fountain with water spraying from a vertical pipe in the center. Near the house, a man stands between two girls; they are holding hands. Another man stands at right; he is raking the lawn. Handwritten inscription in pen on reverse: "LH Meyer's residence / East front, fountain playing on Lilly pond".
(Keywords: New York, Gilded Age)
|Print size||7.875 x 9.5|
|Ownership and History||
In this photograph, Louis H. Meyer stands in front of his house on his 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.
An inscription on an identical photograph identifies the two girls as "Herma & her friend Elsie." Herma was Louis H. Meyer's granddaughter Hermanna Rupe (1878-1962); her parents were Wilhelmine F. (Meyer) and Albert Christian Rupe. "Elsie" is identified in other photos as Elsie Fischer.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
Meyer, Louis H.
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