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Title [Voorlezer's House]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer McMillen, William
Date 1986
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. Diagonal front and side view of the Voorlezer's House on Arthur Kill Road at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island. The 2 1/2-story building has a shingled roof with a spring eave, wood siding, a split door (Dutch door), and casement windows with open shutters. A bare tree appears at right, with other wintry vegetation in the background. Arthur Kill Road is in the foreground. SIHS inscription on reverse in pencil: "Voorlezer's House / Richmondtown / Wm McMillen / 1986 / 35 mm neg"
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century, HRT)
Print size 8 x 10
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History The Voorlezer's House is located on the west side of Arthur Kill Road. Constructed ca. 1695, it is an example of Dutch-influenced vernacular architecture, but is atypical and an unusually large structure for its early period. Built by the Dutch Reformed congregation as a religious facility, it also contained the residence of the congregation's Voorlezer, Hendrick Kroesen, and his family from ca. 1695 until 1701.
Earliest Date 1986
Latest Date 1986
Subjects Architecture
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number PH01.0063
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2016.
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