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Title View from Pavilion Hill
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W photo on gray cardboard mount. View from an elevated vantage point, looking out over the town of Tompkinsville, Staten Island. There are numerous houses, some of which are on a hill in the left distance. An unpaved street (Richmond Turnpike) is in the foreground; two horse-drawn wagons are on the street. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo (probably the photographer's handwriting): "No 261 / View from Pavilion Hill". The mount has tape binding along one edge, suggesting it may have been part of an album.
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 4 x 6.625
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History

Exhibit Label Heading View from Pavilion Hill
Staten Island
ca. 1885

Exhibit Label Text Almstaedt took numerous photographs from the hills of Staten Island in order to gain a different perspective on the Island's natural and built environments. Richmond Turnpike (now Victory Boulevard) is in the foreground of this image. Corson Avenue, then known as 1st Avenue, angles in from the right.
Exhibit Label Text The perspective is looking down toward Tompkinsville, with Fort Hill in the distance. The townhouses on Westervelt Avenue in the middle distance were known as Horton's Row, and were part of a wave of construction in the 19th century for New York City commuters. The Schoverling House (which appears on the horizon at right) is a landmarked residence that still stands at 344 Westervelt Avenue. It was built between 1880 and 1882.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Cities & towns
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.019.0005.A
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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