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Title [Elmer T. Butler house]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1905-1920
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. Front view of a large 2 1/2-story house, seen from across the lawn. The house is constructed of concrete, with a tile roof, and a porch that runs the width of the house. (Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 4.750 x 6.625
Ownership and History This photo shows the home of Elmer T. Butler (1847-1940) in Tottenville, Staten Island. His expansive estate was described in a newspaper account in 1940, following his death. The article noted that the 65-acre estate included beach frontage, two farm houses, three barns, a 16-room steel and concrete residence built in 1900, an eight-room guest cottage, a gate cottage with five rooms, a combination boat house and bath house, and a windmill built by Mr. Butler in the 1890s for pumping water.

The newspaper account also gave a brief synopsis of Mr. Butler's life: "The late Elmer Butler, who died at the age of 92, created and maintained a colonial air about the vast property. Born in the vicinity of the present estate on Hylan Boulevard, Tottenville, he made silver mining his life's work and spent more than 20 years in the west."
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1920
Subjects Houses
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Butler, Elmer T.
Catalog Number PH01.1017
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, November 2015.
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.