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Title [Public School 16 interior]
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 a school classroom in Public School 16 in New Brighton, Staten Island. The room is viewed on a diagonal from a front corner of the room. The room has rows of wood and metal desks with attached chairs; the chairs are folded up. A teacher's desk is in the front of the room. There are 3 windows on each wall, with a door in the center; a light fixture hangs from the ceiling. Handwritten inscription in ink, lower left corner: "E.A. Sargent / Architect". Embossed inscription in lower right corner: "PORTRAIT & LANDSCAPE / I. Almstaedt / PHOTO, / TOMPKINSVILLE, S.I."
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
Classrooms
Interiors
Desks
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Sargent, Edward Alfred
Catalog Number PH01.0087
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2013.
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.